Military 'bronies' love their rifles and their My Little Pony

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One might assume My Little Pony and the military go together like a unicorn and an M2 machine gun.

But there are those who would disagree. Service members apparently comprise some segment of My Little Pony fans of both genders who are known as “bronies.”

For the uninitiated, the toy and animated television series marketed to girls in the 1980s and 1990s was reinvigorated in a new series, “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” back in 2010. It is a craze with a fan base that is rabid about characters with names like Applejack, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie.

The recent “BronyCon Summer 2012” at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey drew 4,000 men, women, boys and girls, many in colorful wigs and costumes, the Associated Press reports.

A special lunch for service members at BronyCon got a visit from Tara Strong, who voices the magical pony Twilight Sparkle.

No sooner did Strong praise the men as “twilightlicious,” than they broke out in a baritone of Twilight Sparkle’s signature song:

“T-W-I-L-I-G-H-T, and ain’t no other pony troll down like me. I’m twilightlicious!”

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The video was posted by a YouTuber, “navybrony.”

Since BronyCon, regulars on the Military Times forums have been questioning whether it was legal (or tasteful) for a national guardsman to appear there in ACUs with a My Little Pony-themed patch on his arm, called a “cutie mark.” A picture of him with the rainbow-colored lighting patch, which appeared on BuzzFeed, got no love on our forums.

“He should lose his man card for [attending the convention]alone!” wrote garhkal.

But, evidenced by the Facebook fan page, “Military Bronies,” which has more than 1,500 “likes,” there appears to be a burgeoning community friendly to the movement.

On the Military Bronies page, one poster was was worried. How common are bronies in the Army? He was about to join and wanted to know how open to be.

“Hard to say,” was the reply. “Best advice I can give is be subtle about it. Those who share your interests will notice, and you may even make some battle buddies that way. Best of luck to you as you launch your Army career!”

On military brony website FOB Equestria, there are forums with topic headings you might expect about fan fiction, My Little Pony music and getting teased for “being brony.” Then there’s “What are you packing for heat?”

“All the other soldiers have AR rifles but I want a lever action Marlin in .45/70, I could even have ponies carved into the buttstock,” writes BinderBlues.

Bronies told the AP they’re a misunderstood lot who’ve gotten a bad rap from the media. They’re about the show, friendship, love and tolerance, and they have no bad intentions, they say.

Animator Lauren Faust, creator of the “Friendship is Magic” series, told AP at BronyCon that she never imagined the show would be such a hit with teenage boys and young men. She said her main target was little girls, but she hoped to draw in moms and perhaps some boys with strong characters and compelling story lines.

“We live in a society where saying that something is for girls is the equivalent to saying that something is stupid, or saying that something isn’t worthwhile,” Faust said.

“I think that’s awful and I think that kind of attitude needs to be changed,” she said. “And these men are doing it. … They’re proud that they’re forward-thinking and modern enough to look past this misogynistic attitude.”

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  1. Yup. It IS pretty emasculating when you feel like you have to prove your manhood by only liking things that your friends tell you guys are supposed to like. We should probably man up and get over ourselves, be more like these guys who have the stones to like what they like regardless of the crap they no doubt receive.

  2. If you’d open your mind, you’d realize the show was good and that these silly contrivances of what is “masculine” are idiotic, outdated rules.

  3. Truly, saddened am I that our great country has failed to teach all of us proper grammar. Perish the thought that preference of a TV show begin a nation wide emasculation.

  4. These guys are awesome. In addition to the fortitude required to serve in the military, it takes a certain amount of courage to be open about your interests when they run counter to the mainstream, risking ridicule from your peers and people like Sadened above me.

    Giving these guys and girls my respect and best wishes from Australia /)

  5. Goblin Scribe on

    Sadened, the bronies are making this hapen whether or not people like you feel it to be imasculation.
    I saw everybody else had been mature about the typo, and I thought, “that won’t do, this is the internet!”

  6. @Saddened:

    My chain of command knows I like the show, and some of my coworkers enjoy it as well. None of them really care who does or doesn’t like the show, as long as they are squared away and get the job done.

  7. Manliness is the ability to not crumble under someone else’s opinion of you. Manliness is NOT conforming to the opinions of idiots who think they can determine what you can and can’t like. These “bronies” are bigger men than those who TRY to be “manly”, solely because they are flipping their middle fingers to society and liking whatever the hell they want, not giving two sh*ts about anyone else’s opinion of them. That is independence. That is masculinity. :)

  8. Sadened: “And thus begins the immasculation of our great country…”

    If that’s the national definition of manliness, we’ve already lost. How shallow. On the upside, the military has educational minimum requirements as well as needing strength of character, and they won’t need to worry about you lowering the average. You’d never make it past BCT. The army has been around for 5,000 years, and has learned a few things about filtering out people like you.

    I’d MUCH rather have a brony watching my six than someone who was self-absorbed and thinking of little more than his image. Someone saying openly “I like this show” has conquered a fear of rejection and has faced down a few inner demons. Someone criticizing that person lacks courage, is pretty much guaranteed to have medical-grade skeletons in his closet, and is therefore a prime candidate for desertion under fire or is blackmail fodder.

    No question about it, a brony in uniform is a far greater asset to this country and will do greater things than a poseur.

  9. Trance Sequence on

    @Sadened
    what kind of fucking DISRESPECT do you have for these brave soldiers who protect you and serve you, and you come and say this shit about them when they are only being who they are while STILL protecting your ass? YOU are the kind of person that is wrong with this world.

  10. I know bronies who are pro hockey players, MMA fighters, police officers, military, and even Hell’s Angels. The idea that any of them are not masculine is ridiculous and narrow-minded.

    They are living proof that it’s okay to be tough and admire the themes of friendship, love, and tolerance at the same time.

  11. As a 17 yr. old brony who is thinking of enlisting towards the Marines and has a dear friend and NJROTC platoon leader that has enlisted and has going away to train to serve in the Navy, I feel complete respect towards these brave men and women. Not just the bronies, but all who risk life and limb to protect our freedoms. I wish all of them the best and hold them in my prayers. God bless you all.

  12. I wish more people would man up and accept MLP into their lives. MLP has helped me with life situations where I felt I was going no where and life was crushing me. MLP pulled me out of that rut and I found some purpose. I think anybody who takes MLP FIM into their lives is better for it and are real Troopers! Pun intended!

  13. I get mixed messages about it still, some people gain an interest and ask actual thoughtful questions. and others see me wearing my brony shirts with Applejack Daniels or DJ Pon3
    and just go wow, you watch ponies? You must be gay. All I have to say is damn i want some of those patches! XD

  14. I am saddened that someone spells saddened “sadend”. Is it more manly to stand up for something you like, or to go with the flow and do what other people tell you what to do?

  15. Society says we cant watch this show, society says we cant enjoy something bright, happy and colorful if we are men. The fact that I am 18, a man and a varsity runner with a girlfriend of more than 2 and a half years who watches the show with me scares society.

    This show attracts men, real men who dont call themselves men because they ONLY watch what was meant only for men. Not the men who call themselves men by being strong, being “tough” and openly confronting anyone who disagrees with them. But the men who can stand before those guys and openly enjoy the thought of a perfect, colorful world for 22 minutes a week where there is no war, no pain and no suffering.

    You know, that peace that ALL of the men in the military are fighting to achieve? How emasculating of them to actually believe in peace while fighting for it.

  16. I’m not sure why people would think that watching MLP:FiM would emasculate (make weaker for those who don’t know) a person. I have to ask: what makes a “real man”? Must a man always be “hardcore” or “tough” or “buff” or some sort?

    MY definition of a “real man” would be a man who is never afraid, nay, is being proud or passionate of what he aims at. He never “wusses out” on anything. A man is never afraid to serve the military or get a tattoo or die for his fellow countrymen. And setting bronies as an example, their passion for the show is fervent. They are never ashamed of what the show’s lessons of friendship mean to them.

    The bronies in general broke the barriers of what everyone thinks: men must be tough. As a result of the latter, some people may think that men are heartless, emotionless or “tough”; they can’t cry or feel pity. The fandom shows that men are never always close to apathy. They are excellent human beings who also posses authentic feelings and share compassion to others.

    We know that boys must like boys’ stuff and girls must like girls’ stuff. But is it a rule? And if not, should it be? The reason we just think of the former is that it’s how everyone as a whole puts it: it’s usual, therefore it’s natural.

    Yes, you are seeing Military Bronies attend a convention about girls-centered ponies. But does that make them more girly? In my opinion, that makes them more MANLY because they are not afraid to admit that they like it too. They did not wuss out and say “No, I don’t want my friends to see me liking girly stuff. It’s embarrassing.” I bet they’re thinking “I GOTTA show my friends this. I don’t care if it’s girly; I want to spread love and tolerance!” (That’s a can-do attitude, if I can put it).

    How about you? Let’s see if you can REALLY think that MLP:FiM is girly, by not just judging the book by its cover?

    All my love, CA.

  17. Bronies, I feel, would be the first to take a bullet to save their buddies. Just say’n. They are far better men than those who pass judgement on the show without at least giving it a watch. I would hope that the military bronies would be the ones defending the American people from tyranny, when all the others are foolishly going along with whatever orders they are issued.

  18. These guys have my utmost respect. Not only are they serving our great country, but they have the testicular fortitude to be a part of an incredible fandom despite undoubted harassment they will receive. You guy are awesome. God Bless.

  19. When a man can be a individual, it shows true heart. I love this story. It’s great to see even the most masculine of jobs being able to break stereo types, and appreciate a great show. America, thank you for having a open heart.

  20. SprinkleSparks on

    I’m absolutely thrilled to see so much encouragement from our own men in service. They may have no idea, but it’s little things like this that show they really are fighting. Fighting for a group of people to be recognized and accepted. We’re not crazy or homosexual simply because we have a favorite TV show. These men are regarded as the manliest and the toughest in all of America and if they can be proud Bronies, then so can the rest of us.

  21. Cyclone_Dusk on

    First of all, never mind the kind of emotional, mental, and spiritual flexibility it takes to indulge in and admit to participation in this community, there are a few rather easily accessed benefits to being a Brony:

    1. Novelty. Being a brony is in itself the ultimate Troll, because it is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS when it upsets someone. This is furthermore a useful tool for determining who may or may not be worth your time:
    _a. People who react belligerently to something so innocuous and harmless as Ponies may not necessarily always be feckless morons with no imagination, but a good chunk of them are!
    _b. People who react neutrally may not ALWAYS be generally more accepting and trustworthy, but it will bode well for them.
    _c. People who react warmly stand a sizable chance of becoming creative, sophisticated, supportive, loyal friends who will do everything in their power to make the ones they care about happy–or at least TRYING to be, even if they can’t quite pull it off.

    2. Moral compass. The show addresses how to overcome disagreements and social obstacles that enough people have missed out on learning that it’s still a valuable refresher. It promotes constructive values and virtuous behavior. Examples include:
    _a. Love and Tolerance. Not everybody is good at love and tolerance, but merely having access to the philosophy and feeling personally in favor of it will oftentimes prevent disputes from needlessly escalating.
    _b. The Elements of Harmony. Loyalty, Honesty, Kindness, Generosity, Laughter (call it just being positive), and Magic (Hint: FRIENDSHIP is the magic), these are all things our world could use a lot more of.

    3. Therapeutic functionality. It’s adorable, but that’s just a vector. It’s harmless, but that’s just the camouflage. When this show, and its refreshingly positive message, and ESPECIALLY its vast and supportive tertiary community, finally do get under your skin, you will be amazed to feel the return of the innocence which the harshness of life has worn away from us all. It gives you hope. It’s hard to live in a world full of faceless, cruel, selfish strangers with negative regard for your well-being, let alone neutral; and yet, Bronies symbolize a group of people who are specifically all about NOT being one of THEM. Again, we don’t always succeed, but if you are looking for support, and looking for friends, you will always find acceptance with a brony, even if you’ve tried the show and didn’t like it.

    (We would appreciate if you would at least watch 4 episodes of MLP:FIM, though–but no pressure ^_^)

    Also, @AuruM: !(=

  22. I introduced my buddy who was in the marines to the show, he doesn’t keep up with the community too much but he’s watched every single episode.

  23. Justin P. Emery on

    As a Marine Corps Corporal (91-95), I have to say that the Guardsman in the pic above is out of uniform. That being said, I think it’s epic that there are bronies like me serving in the armed forces. Here is a brohoof for all those who serve, and are willing to share their interests openly! /)

  24. ex-reservist on

    Well I guess when you’re in a tight spot and need your buddies to back you up you wouldn’t care or mind if he/she likes my little pony or watch jersey shores huh?

    A preference in television show is just like any other hobbies or interests, as long as it’s legal and morally sound who are we to judge/force what you like on the idiot box? Let them do what they want

  25. Yes, I mean God forbid the US Service Men and Women have interests. While we’re at it lets put them through hypnotherapy to remove their emotions too! I find it sickening that people today move to the ‘Jersey Shore’ way of life, thinking fake tans, awful clothes and ‘SWAG’ is the way to live because that’s what the masses do. But then when someone finds an interest out of the mainstream they’re ‘wrong’. I say good on these men and do what you want. Just remember. These are the people protecting your country. If you dislike them because they like a cartoon then get the fuck out.

  26. I have to say i love these guys (no homo) for the REAL manliness they show
    This world gives weird meanings to manly and girly and bronies because we really mean no harm and we try our best to prove that your wrong and help the world in the same way
    And a point i would like to share to all is that we bronies have been helping the world in many ways only to be rewarded with insults and bad names, Is this real?Is this how how simple-minded people are?
    But anyway brohoof to those military dude in the military /|

  27. @saddened. You know what’s really sad. You. Any one of these ‘pony fan’ military men or women could probably kick your couch potato flank. But they won’t. Why? Because they have something you lack. Respect for others.

  28. You people are some of the bravest and most respectable people I have seen in any type of media. God bless you all.

  29. I am a retired 20-year veteran of the Air National Guard.

    I thought it was crazy when I found out that men were watching My Little Pony. But I checked out the MLP:Friendship is Magic and I love this show.

    Brohoof fellow military bronies.

  30. @Sadened Emasculation is spelled with an E and Saddened has two d’s. And yes, how dare grown men chose to watch a show focused for kids. Unlike Ninja Turtle fans, Transformers fans, GI Joe fans … Oh wait, is it because female characters are actually active in it? Yes, that’s truly terrible. Rabble rabble.

  31. These replies have been a fantastic bolstering for a community that is still essentially in its infancy. The community itself has grown exponentially since I was first introduced to it while in Iraq last year.

    I totally understand what others may be going through with constant questioning of why we like the show, and how can we be so up front with our feelings about it. I’ve been in the Army for 9 years, and have two MLP tattoos. I literally wear my fan status on my sleeve. So I completely agree with most of the other posters here in saying that to be able to stand up for what you believe in and not conform just because someone says that what you like isn’t ‘manly’ is way manlier than the one trying to bring you down.

    I went to the meeting at Bronycon, and sat down with about 40-50 other service members that day (from all the services). I found it completely awe inspiring that there were that many other military bronies gathered in one room. It truly proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover and that you can’t keep a good brony down!

    Brohoofs to all my fellow military bronies! /)(
    So awesome! /)^3^(

  32. SFC Brian Lehnhardt on

    I am not ashamed to admit I like the new My Little Pony series, and look forward to watching it with my daughters who are nuts over it as well. It’s a good program with good story lines and humor. Though I do admit bringing in John DeLancy (Star Trek TNG’s infamous Q) to voice “Chaos” was the selling point for me. So if that means I’m a “Bronie,” then so be it!

  33. So, watching a cartoon about magical ponies is girly but watching a bunch of sweaty oiled-up half-naked guys roll around on top of each other in a ring is manly?

    I must have missed a memo or something.

  34. @ Sadened

    I don’t think there’s anything more masculine than giving a chunk of your life and time in service to the country and putting your life on the line in combat. I don’t see how watching a good TV show in their spare time, to try to get away from it all makes them any less masculine. If anything it seems pretty cowardly to tell that to people on the internet. I also think it’s dumb you use “masculine” as a way to show offense. If you’re referring to homosexuality, I’ve met a good amount of homosexual service members, who never showed one ounce of indecency during service or otherwise, who protected the country just the same.

  35. Not really shocking to find out there are military bronies. I think the show and the community promotes and exemplifies the concept of esprit de corps.

  36. Scott Rivers on

    Coming from someone that’s not in the military, but been a fan of the show for 5 1/2 months, I can wholeheartedly say that it’s a complete honor to have military members in our own ranks. They put their lives on the line to give us the freedom to watch My Little Pony on Saturday mornings; why not extend to them the same courtesy?

  37. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is for anyone and everyone. Don’t like it, simply be quiet about it and move on with your life. Let people live the way they want to live without judgement from people who know nothing about the show which even then if you never watched the show and are hating it maybe you should watch the series before judging it.

    If you watched the series and disliked it afterwards, good for you. But leave the people who like it alone.

  38. I’m a USAF pilot, and have been active duty for 10 years. I have been married to my lovely wife for 6 years. We don’t have any kids yet…just a dog who is too smart for his own good. I like Metallica, the Phillies, Sam Adams, Grand Theft Auto, Maxim magazine, Game of Thrones, Jackass, and My Little Pony.

    As Rainbow Dash would say: deal with it.

    Also…Scootaloo IS SO a homeless chicken, I somewhat enjoyed Cupcakes, Trollestia is an evil tyrant, and Luna is best pony.

  39. “When I grew up, I put away childish things. Like the fear of being childish and the want of being grown-up.”

    Fearing something because it could be considered “girly” at a glance is pretty childish, don’t you think?

  40. As an ex-navy submariner (RM – plank owner SSBN 735), I find your faith in ponies – reassuring.

    Back when I was in, the witch-hunt was role-playing games… Let me tell you, having NIS guys asking you about AD&D during your TS-SBI is a bit unnerving… They find out everything.

    But, back on the subject, I think MILSPEC Bronies are pretty awesome. And I’m rather happy to know the guys and gals in harm’s way have the show to escape to, get enjoyment from, and find a message in.

  41. Our military is know for how brave our fighting men our, to put their lives on the line to serve their country. Can’t our military’s braveness also extend to challenging social norms? I’m not a social person, or I wasn’t anyways. I think of watching MLP as a sort of therapy. I can escape into a world of talking ponies, hydras, manticores, and pleasing animation, voice acting and music. I don’t have to worry about “oh crap, what if I don’t pass my algebra 2 test!”. For at least an hour, I can be tought a life lesson in a “non abrasive” way. If somethings bad about that, then I might as well quit school, because something’s are worth re-learning. Without Fluttershy’s courage to take on the tornado to get water to cloudsdale, I would probably stayed as introverted as I was as a kid. I just wish it had been made sooner.

    Also, I don’t see how people can judge the military, if they have never been in it. I probably won’t ever be in the military, not because I don’t love my country or because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have what it takes. And until I do, I won’t be joining.

  42. “Animator Lauren Faust, creator of the “Friendship is Magic” series, told AP at BronyCon that she never imagined the show would be such a hit with teenage boys and young men. She said her main target was little girls, but she hoped to draw in moms and perhaps some boys with strong characters and compelling story lines.
    “We live in a society where saying that something is for girls is the equivalent to saying that something is stupid, or saying that something isn’t worthwhile,” Faust said.”

    Wait. What? She made the show with girls in mind, but that saying something is for girls is like saying someone is stupid? WHAT? Lauren Faust is stupid.

  43. Anyone who assumes a unicorn and an M2 machine don’t go together have clearly never read Fallout: Equestria.

  44. @ Sadened and all the other haters, I say,
    “Sir, while I may not agree with what you have to say, the difference is I am the one, defending to the death, your right to say it. We are the one upholding the defense against our enemies to maintain these liberties such as freedom of speech that you can complacently enjoy.”

  45. teresa: no. Liking MLP has nothing at all to do with being gay. There are gay bronies and straight ones, transgender ones and so on. All are welcomed :)

  46. Steve, I need to clarify something:

    “We live in a society where saying that something is for girls is the equivalent to saying that something is stupid, or saying that something isn’t worthwhile,” Faust said.”

    She’s saying that’s the current assumption, not hers. When she started producing MLP:FIM, she wanted to make a show that would break out of that stereotype, that would contain all of the things that would appeal to young girls, but also be witty, well-developed and intelligent. She wanted – and she and her team succeeded – to make a show that would appeal not only to children, but their parents as well, without compromising its original audience.

    Now, it’s only logical that, parents of young children being mostly young adults, that the show would appeal to young adults without children as well.

    For the record, there’s nothing gay about Rainbow Dash. She’s the Sporty Spice of the Mane 6. The only more qualified mascot would be Spitfire.

  47. Ive never seen the show but have no issues if someone wants to watch it. What I dont like is the disrespect to the uniform by adding a patch that is not authorized. Period..

  48. Bronies, do what you want. Can you show a little respect for the uniform and wear the path.

    20 year Navy Vet.

  49. I tried watching the show with my daughter, who’s 5, and couldn’t stand the show and have a difficult time understanding how a grown man could. But, that being said, I’m certain I watch shows that others would find difficult to watch. So watch whatever you want. However, as a career military man i do have a problem with violations of the uniform regs and breaking regs by wearing uniforms at unsanctioned events. Those who do should be held accauntable for their actions.

  50. You know – it’s one thing to like what you like and go to the conventions you want, etc. – but being out of uniform; breaking regulations is just plain BS. I’m sorry, but that “patch” needs to be ripped off. Sew it on your jeans, wear it on your t-shirts, tattoo it on your a** for all I care – leave it off the uniform.

  51. I’m a Marine. I got out a few months ago. I do agree it is a disgrace to the uniform. You do need to respect military regulations. However, in your spare time do what ever you want. I love this show. It is witty and has a lot of allusions to culture, literary works, and history. It is nice to watch a show that is not filled with violence, sex, and war; or your typical “manly” activities. I feel like I’ve earned the right and so has every other military member to like whatever we want. Brony and Proud

  52. Joe in N Calif on

    As others have implied, it takes a REAL man to do what he wants and ignore the social and peer pressure. Heck, Rosie Grier, the guy who tackled Sirhan Sirhan, liked to knit…or maybe it was crochet.

    I do agree that the flash has no place on the uniform.

  53. 20 year vet here. Just got back from Afghanistan where I deployed for 5 months as Civil Service. Not gay, but doesn’t matter–I support those who are. Pink ribbons (breast cancer) are cool, but this little diddie isn’t? Whatever! Personally, I don’t think anything unofficial should be allowed on the uniform, but if you are going to cross the rubicon, don’t let your bias for something prevent you from allowing something else. Pilots wear Friday patches; commanders allow pink, blue, yellow ribbons, etc…SO if these warriors want to wear something that seems “gay” to others, to heck with the others

  54. I agree with not wanting anyone to get in trouble by wearing what they shouldn’t on the uniform. By the book is always better (as Twilight might say).

  55. Taking this argument further, only a real man would wear a pink skirt and pigtails. This is all really silly, because the more troublesome aspect of “bronies” is that adults of either gender feel such attachment to a cartoon about ponies. There are some real avoidance/regression issues here, a few of which may merit professional help. Thinking the show is nice is one thing – identifying oneself with it is another.

  56. As a Navy Vet, served well before all this pony madness, I keep my pony references low key. The point is if you are going to get a tattoo, or show a pin, make sure everyone thinks it is cool, and the Bronies will think it is 20%Cooler.

  57. Please define what is “manly”. For me, gathering the courage and having the guts to admit that one watches and enjoys a show intended for little girls is what I call manly.

  58. Blayze Kohime on

    Why is it okay for ladies to like ‘boyish’ things but not okay for men to like ‘girly’ things? No one calls a woman a lesbian for watching and liking an action film or a horror flick. Why the double standard?

  59. 1LT David Sisco on

    Okay, so I read the article, then began reading the accompanying comments. As I read more and more, I began feel with increased certainty that I and the rest of you must have read completely different articles. It wasn’t until comment #65, 66, 67, 68 and 71, that I finally read some sanity! While it is true that any warrior is free to watch/like/etc. whatever they wish, THAT WAS NOT WHAT THE ARTICLE WAS ABOUT!

    The article was about guys making a point to declare that they are military bronies. I don’t get it. I like Scentsy candles and Home Interior, but I don’t walk around and feel compelled to make a point that “I like these things, oh, and did I tell you that I’m in the Army?” What the heck do the two have in common?

    To say that the article, and subsequent majority comments, don’t have a subliminal agenda is being disingenuous. You don’t have to be emasculate, effeminate, or gay in order to support that agenda.

    But the bottom line is this: this article would most likely have not appeared in Military Times had warriors not clearly violated military uniform regs. Stay on subject people! As Harley succinctly summarized, “tattoo it on your a** for all I care – leave it off the uniform.”

    David Sisco
    1LT, USA

  60. my little pony isn’t manly? what is manly? what is it that really makes a man, a man? some would answer that a man likes football, is strong, athletic, tends to like guns, and prefers a violent action movie to a romantic comedy. i disagree. what makes a woman a woman? is she feminine because she likes flowers, or the color pink, or because she wears a dress, or cooks? no. a man is a man when he fills the role that he is required to fill. a man, a real man does what is necessary to put food on the table for his family, a man is one who has the courage to seek after the well being of others over his own. a man will not cheat, or steal from his neighbor for his own benefit. a man has the courage to do what is right. a woman is made a woman when she has the courage to fill the role she has in life. a woman is not made less than a man by filling her role. the role of a woman is an insanely difficult and challenging one. as a man myself, i would be intimidated by the role that a woman plays in society. as a man, i am intimidated by my role in life. however, courage doesn’t mean you do not have fear. courage means that in the face of fear, you have the guts to continue. to keep on. THAT is what makes a man a man. to have the courage to face your fear and push through life. so i like my little pony. i LOVE MLP:FiM. it changed my life, and offered me encouragement. it gave me the courage to get me past some depressing times, to see through some tasks i might have otherwise quit on. in my mind, i was made more manly by watching the show, because of how it helped me to push though, to do what i needed to do, to do what was necessary. a guy who likes my little pony is no less manly than a guy who likes football, if they are both the kind of men that will push through a task to the end. men, real men, are the kind that forge the path, the pioneers that crossed the plains, the inventors that were told they were crazy, pursuing the impossible, or the foolish. for all the ignorant people, men like the bronies are the reason that we have technology like we do today. bronies are the pioneers of a new way of thinking. we will change the world. we will show people that to promote peace is more manly than promoting war. it takes strength of a kind not commonly seen today to take a hit for something you didnt do, and not retaliate, instead seek for a solution, seek for understanding, and peace. that is the strength of a brony. that is the kind of men that you will find watching MLP:FiM.

  61. Whatever they want, but they should not be wearing it on the uniform. It is against regulations plain and simple.

  62. Retired Infantry Officer on

    It is one thing if a grown man wants to play around with 12 year olds, that is an issue for another time. But when they start wearing unauthorized patches on their uniforms attesting to as such, that is where they cross the line. In fact the cross it with BOTH FEET.

  63. For all those mentioning the patch, I can only assume you’re talking about mine in the helicopter picture above.

    I have no intention of disrespecting the uniform. I only wear authorized patches when at work, and on base. The only time I ever wear a patch that doesn’t conform to regulations is when I’m in flight, and of course, it’s swapped before I land.

    I went into Naval Aviation when the right shoulder patch was an, “anything goes,” geedunk patch, as long as it wasn’t drug or gang related. The policies can change for the ground, but in flight, I’m taking that small opportunity to wear the patches that mean something special to me.

    Regarding those that showed up in unauthorized uniforms wearing unauthorized patches in public? I can completely understand, and I was disappointed when I saw it.

  64. Wow Sadened. Spell check is your friend. Also, I may not be military, but I respect the hell out of these guys for what they do to protect the freedoms we enjoy. I think that earns them the right to have any hobby they want. And besides, Bronies are awesome. I just wish they were around 20 years ago. It would of been awesome to have boys who wanted to play ponies when I was a little girl.

  65. Notascoolasyou on

    I just gotta say, while I love the show, and ill admit to it, Being a “brony” is pretty undesirable.
    I mean, have you even looked at the crap going on at that con? Spaghetti was spilling left and right, awkward interactions everywhere. All over the place you see people dressed in what cant even be considered clothing taking pictures proudly for the media, making it come off like everyone who likes the show is not-so-secretly chris-chan. Now brony has even become like some sort of jehova’s witnesses for a cartoon, people trying to push it on people as a way to justify their fandom.

    Nobody should have a problem with a friggin tv show just because its based on a series meant to sell girls toys. However, I think as a fan, I can agree with anyone who finds crap like bronycon humiliating for the human race.

  66. no the military didn’t get “manlier” as i am sure our female counterparts would agree, however it did just get oh i’d say …. about 20% cooler
    stay strong and brony on my uniformed brotheren

  67. My unit prefers I watch Disney and MLP rather than my old methods of cheering my self up; I hurt less people that way.

  68. “There are some real avoidance/regression issues here, a few of which may merit professional help. Thinking the show is nice is one thing – identifying oneself with it is another.”

    Uh… No. You’re getting it all backwards. If anything, the show is challenging and empowering. See also: The Powerpuff Girls.

    You might also want to check out how many coordinated efforts have been spawned because of the show, how many bruised emotions have been bolstered, how many acts of creativity have been sparked, and how many tens of thousands of dollars have been donated to charity.

  69. “However, I think as a fan, I can agree with anyone who finds crap like bronycon humiliating for the human race.” Meh. Everytime this argument is always brought up, I find the problem lies more with the bearer of the biased perspective, rather than the person just minding his own business. We’ve got Halloween one day out of the year. If a person’s life isn’t affected negatively such that he can’t pay his bills and take care of his family, what’s the harm in seeking an outlet at conventions several days out of the year? I went to Youmacon. I saw Doctor Who’s and Waldo’s and No Face’s. I saw a dude wearing a Sailor Scout outfit. Who am I to say what’s an acceptable costume or pattern of behavior?

  70. I guess it was only a matter of time before army times had to say something about it, although I’m surprised there are that many of us for them to care. to my fellow bronies in uniform, hooah and brohoof

  71. I agree with a lot of the comments about not putting a Rainbow Dash patch on your uniform. It is out of uniform, and it is unacceptable.

    But having said that, and seeing NavyBrony’s comments, in context, I won’t pass judgement, as I don’t know the Navy traditions.

    But as far as the show itself. I love it. See, I was born in the ’70s and grew up during the ’80s and the cartoons back then were just terrible. My Little Pony was probably the worse of the worse back then, and I couldn’t turn the channel fast enough when it came on.

    But there was a renaissance of cartoons in the ’90s that happened on cartoon network. And a number of great cartoons were created. A lot of the same people who created these great cartoons, are the same people who work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This is the missing piece that people a lot people miss about why, there are so many fans of this show.

  72. This is disheartening to me. I am Active Duty Army, I possess a Top Secret security clearance as well as caveats above that, I have a wife and son, and I love to shoot things and watch things explode. Yet I am “immasculine”?

    I might think some of the people around me are narrow minded idiots, spewing nothing but inflammatory drivel, but I took an oath alongside my brothers and sisters in arms to protect their right to do so.

    What the narrow-minded ones are doing is borderline violation of the first amendment, as I see it. They are trying to influence what people can like and enjoy to suit their own simplistic and outdated agendas. By using peer pressure and insulting and degrading those who enjoy a show that doesn’t fit the status quo, they are persecuting the Bronies, in a manner of speaking.

    That, I cannot and will not stand for.

    If you do not like the show, that is entirely your prerogative.
    Don’t take your opinions out on those around you.

    I am a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, and I am a Brony. Don’t like it? Move to Canada.

  73. These “bronies” make me ashamed to wear the same uniform as them. To say that they are tighter knit and would jump in front of a bullet more than other soldiers is a very very bold statement. And it seems that some people on here have never had the honor of serving with such men that would actually and have done that very act. People can think and do whatever they want, but when you put on the uniform you are required to fall under the authority of that service. And to defile the uniform for some self-righteous act spot lighting how “awesome” you think you are is disrespectful and doesn’t show how “great” of a soldier you are. Just that your own pursuits and desires are a higher priority then the nation and unit you serve in. Further more, from experience there is only one reason soldiers wear their uniforms outside of work and work related activities. And that is to let every one see them in it, for no other reason than get applause and accolades for things they may or may not have ever done. To get cheers and free beers for what others have done in the name of Honor and Duty. So if you want to turn the world into one big unisex pile of awesomeness go ahead and give it a whirl. But stop defiling the uniform that so many have given their lives while wearing.

  74. @Navy Brony I get the whatever goes in flight stays in flight but not when they take a picture and it ends up on militarytimes. Im an Infantry Marine so I get tradition and things such as. If that is acceptable in your unit then so be, but the general population wont understand hence a picture with the patch on although traditionally is accepted (from what your saying) isnt accepted outside of that clique. Im will admit I am going to watch the show once to see what the hype is about.

  75. All I know is that the Military is now 20% cooler.

    And after seeing some of the unit patches floating around in Afghanistan, a MLP patch is tame by comparison. The only reason anyone brings it up is because it’s about ponies.

    To my fellow Warhorses, Brohoof! /)(

  76. I’m so glad my great-grand father, a WWII combat vet, isn’t alive to see this. A “Brony” (Seriously?) can justify it any way they want, but the bottom line is you have a seriously unhealthy obsession with a cartoon designed for little girls of around 5 years of age. Everyone has different coping mechanisms, but this is as absurd as it gets.

  77. @USMC0331

    The picture itself was taken last year, prior to the change in flight suit policy regarding patch wear. Per the policy that was in place back then, I don’t believe my patch promoted drug use and/or gang-affiliation.

  78. @Devilsquid- I agree with you about the MLP patch being tame in comparison to some of the ones I saw in Iraq. Oddly enough, they didn’t get much comment, and somehow, I think if this had been a HALO or CoD patch, he’d be getting all sorts of high fives from people.

    Anyway, I got nothing but love for fellow military bronies.

  79. @jumper
    I am so sorry that you think this is absurd. Yes, it was designed for little girls, but it isn’t an “Unhealthy obsession. Don’t you think that these awesome millitary bronies have at LEAST earned the right to watch and enjoy what they want? It is cool that your great-grandfather served in WWII, but that doesn’t mean you have to insult us bronies.

    What people usually base the Brony culture on is what some people with no self respect do on the internet. Not all of us are like that. In fact, most of us just enjoy the show. Now, point out a problem in that scenario. Whats so wrong about enjoying a TV show?
    ~Jeta~

  80. Bronies, glad you’re here. Thanks for your service, love and tolerance, etc. Like what you want, do what you do. Just remember that there are regulations out there that you need to be aware of.

    I’ve had to correct a few soldiers at anime conventions in the past. Mostly guardsmen but I’m sure it happens in other components as well.

    YOUR UNIFORM IS NOT A COSTUME!

    You have every reason to be proud of your service. However, when you are not on duty and in uniform at a public event you are putting yourself at risk. Anyone can slap together a MW3 outfit from their surplus store but if the outfit has identifying information then you’ve got a problem. Everything boils down to OPSEC in the end.

  81. There seems to be a fair amount of confusion or faulty assumptions about the uniform issue. A couple of things to consider…

    When you step (or drive, or fly) outside the wire, you might not come back. To varying degrees, every service member understands this. Through all of our training, our garrison drudgery and paperwork BS, it’s easy to feel like a cog in a giant, uncaring machine. But when you’re outside the wire, none of that crap matters. What matters is the people you’re with, and the job you are doing. So what, if somebody slaps on a goofy patch. It lightens the mood, and even returns some semblance of control and “self” to an individual who is decidedly NOT in control of what could happen out there.

    As others already mentioned, there is an entire culture of unapproved patches. In the BX at my home station there is a shop that specializes in hundreds of patches. Almost all of them are against the regs, but it’s understood that there is a time and a place where it’s ok to break them out. This is nothing new, either. Remember the ironic “peace” symbol, or the “born to kill” on the helmets in Full Metal Jacket?

    Finally, aircrew in particular have a good reason to wear random/unauthorized patches. If we are shot down and captured, we want to provide the enemy with as little info as is practical. A “1st Equestrian Demonstration Squadron” patch serves as both a tongue in cheek reference to the Wonderbolts (the show’s homage to the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels), as well as real-life misdirection if captured and interrogated.

    Long story short: yes, by regulation, patches like that are not authorized. But seriously, when I step to the jet, we have bigger fish to fry, and some velcro patch is a non-issue.

  82. Interesting article. I’ll get this out of the way:
    I’ve been in the service for 17 years now. I believe it’s dereliction of duty to use the uniform of the service for making a statement about ANYTHING except doing your job in the service. I can not stand when someone dresses up in their uniform and walks around in public to make fashion statements. Yes, MLP fan-status is a fashion statement in my eyes.

    I am also a brony.

    I took to the show after my daughters began watching it early this year. I think I started liking the show after seeing Rainbow Dash going through a fear-of-failure dilemma just before attempting a big flying stunt. I identified with it and had actual tears when she pulled it off (and it worked only because she did it to save a friend from dying). Since that time, I’ve been watching the show, fan creations and art with my kids.

    I’m not gay.

    Nor do I indulge in or view disreputable material based on ponies. I don’t want my kids to grow up with confusion about what is right or wrong. Studies have shown that the age of sexualization (or precursor activities) in children and adolescents also sets the cycle for their starting contact age of sexuality. (The age of future victims when that child or adolescent comes of age). SOOOO, I avoid “Rule 34″ stuff like the plague. (Look up Rule 34, and you’ll find what I mean).

    Now the whole family enjoys watching marshmallow ponies running around on the TV screen and we get a kick out of what the writers/artists/voice actors will do next. The show is not out to redefine what’s manly or what’s not. It’s not making political statements. It’s not depicting sexual themes at all, and I would challenge any who are commenting against bronies to ACTUALLY WATCH THE SHOW before they tell others what must be making them tick.

    -Eb

  83. As a brony, I’m uncomfortable with the fact that pawns of the war racket are in the fandom. Wake up, fools, you are NOT protecting your country, you’re just cogs for the military-industrial complex.

  84. Serving in the military has never meant you get to enjoy whatever you want. Exactly the opposite is true. You are held to a higher standard of military professionalism. You get off on girl cartoon, ok. You love smoking pole, fine. But regardless what you “feel” you have an image to uphold. If you didn’t no one would care how much you love 5 year old girl cartoons even if it was some creepy free candy 70’s windowless van creeper thing.

  85. More like you should be glad he isn’t alive to see you make an intolerant ass of yourself, Jumper. WW II was a fight against an intolerant regime, which sought to eliminate people and control information.

  86. I have a job. I pay my bills. I have other hobbies including writing. My Little Pony has boosted my creativity and opened up the doors to new friends. I’ve earned the right to watch whatever I damn well please or pay money for whatever I deem collectible. I defy you to try and tell me what kinds of opinions I should have.

  87. im proud of all of you guys and gals that embrace MLP the way you choose. im 27 and have always loved that show. who cares what people think about how you choose to pass time or how you live? their close mindedness will haunt them in the end :) Be proud of who you are and what you do!

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  89. I don’t really care if people like this show or not, BUT THEY WILL NOT DISGRACE THE US MILITARY UNIFORM WITH UNAUTHORIZED BS PATCHES AND WEAR THEM TO THESE CONVENTIONS!

  90. *facehoof* it took over 100 comments, but it seems that the R34 horizon has been crossed. I guess it’s become our version of the Godwin Rule. Well done, Eb :p

    Some of you guys have said that a service member should not wear a uniform to events like BronyCon. I understand your concerns, so I pulled out the regs to doule-check what they have to say about it, if anything. I can’t speak for other other services, but the USAF has no prohibitions against it. Rather than listing when/where we _can_ appear in uniform, it simply provides a list of when/where we _cannot_ do so. Overall, the intent is to avoid the appearance of military support at events like political rallies, Klan meetings, etc.

    Furthermore, the overall policy is more relaxed than people might think. For instance, on the very first page of the “Dress and Appearance of Air Force Personnel” regulation, it plainly says that “military image is subjective…judgment on what is the proper image differs in and out of the military.” These regs are available to the public via the attached link.

    From here, I guess it could be argued that BronyCon is something of a political movement…”love and tolerate” is a lot more to the Left than the typical image of the military. But that’s a stretch.

    Speaking of “love and tolerate”, I have to call out Stormwatch on his comment about pawns of the war racket. Either he’s not very familiar with the Brony community’s overarching theme, or he’s a troll.

  91. @D:

    The regs (at least for the Army) also include that service members cannot be in uniform for promotional activities related to commercial interests.

    Considering Hasbro is a commercial company, and BronyCon is promoting a product by Hasbro, this would be a violation of that regulation.

    The regulations are in black and white, but with a lot of gray area in-between. I consider it common sense, and requires a person only ask themselves a question.

    “Would the military support this event?”

    After asking myself that question, I deemed that the military would likely not officially endorse My Little Pony fans, and if I wore my uniform there, it would only serve to embarrass the military and/or degrade it’s public image.

    Considering there were 50+ military bronies in attendance at the convention, but only 2 in uniform, I’m pretty sure the rest of them thought about the same regulations, and asked themselves the same question.

    Not trying to say, “Yeah, we’re better than them,” because we aren’t. We should have approached them and directed our concerns. We should have looked out for our fellow service members, vs watching with silent disapproval.

    We failed to hold eachother accountable, and for that we all pay the price.

    We are soldiers, sailors, and airmen foremost, and bronies second. Not the other way around.

  92. Well said. For the record, I have no intention of going to one of these conventions (let alone going in uniform). I prefer to enjoy it from afar.

    Also, internet photos are forever.

  93. What I don’t understand is how people who’s duty is to disrespect, kill others just because some $head want to have fuel for his sportscar is being mixed with a community that is supposed to be about Love/Respect/Tolerance..
    I can see how a former soldier or marine can be a brony but not how a “brainwached softpenis” serving soldier can be one at same time as he’s against all that bronynism/and the show in general stands for.

  94. @D

    It’s probably a bit different going to a convention as a contributor, because I hung out with the other musicians the whole time.

    If I didn’t know anybody that would be there, I probably wouldn’t have gone, because the whole going to conventions thing to buy merchandise and watch panels thing isn’t for me.

    Overall, it was a fantastic experience. The musicians in the community are a very tight knit group, and it was great being able to see and have lunch with all the other military folks that were there, and then partying back at the hotel with Celestia Radio.

  95. Hello,

    I am forgoing the first portion of my usual Brony alias.

    My first thoughts are, you’re right, service members should consider regulations thoroughly before wearing an in-service uniform to an event. Military Brony Facebook group has put out notice to all they can reach encouraging a more intelligent approach to wearing military outfits.

    I agree with Navy Brony’s comment in 114, watch each other’s back. Speak up when you foresee trouble.

    Finally, the whole debate on masculinity perception in 99% of reality. It would only be natural for my people to advocate a changing perception. Isn’t it great you can change reality with a simple nudge in perception. We perceive My Little Pony as emasculation now, but in the future things will change. Who knows with the upsurge of women in leadership positions around America, masculinity may be a word tossed by the wayside.

  96. “I am saddened that someone spells saddened ‘sadend’.”

    I just hope it’s a misspelling, rather than forgetting a space after the first D.

  97. @113, D said, “”love and tolerate” is a lot more to the Left than the typical image of the military.”

    I lean to the left politically, but I still think “love and tolerate” ends when they start shooting. And if the military’s been sent in, it’s generally because there’s going to be shooting.

    @114, NavyBrony said, “…service members cannot be in uniform for promotional activities related to commercial interests. Considering Hasbro is a commercial company, and BronyCon is promoting a product by Hasbro, this would be a violation of that regulation.”

    If there’s no financial connection between BronyCon and Hasbro, is it really a Hasbro promotional activity?

    And apropos of nothing, when I read Twilight Sparkle’s song, I immediately tried forcing the scansion to fit something a movie would have the Armiy saying while marching. (It doesn’t work well.)

  98. The Wanderer on

    I think I am going to join the army just so i can wear a Pinkie Pie cutie mark patch. To all the military bronies out there, stay strong, brave, and do what is right by your friends and country. You are fighting for friendship and caring, not for haters and bigots.

  99. I’ve seen a couple episodes with my daughters, can’t really see the attraction for adults; but I proudly carry my daughter’s Pinkie Pie in my pocket, taking pics of all the cool stuff her pony does on my deployment. She connects to my deployment through Pinkie Pie pics and most of the unit has bought into it, posing with Pinkie. We don’t sit around and watch the show, but we have a soft spot for My Little Pony.

  100. These men are the best… Embrace what you like! Don’t be afraid to show your true feelings… don’t let anyone get you down… and never give up!

  101. Marcus Petreius on

    I know for a fact that the President and Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, is a Brony- he became a fan from watching it with his daughters. So everyone who hates Bronies are obviously un-American and probably side with the enemy!

  102. Andrew Hamby on

    I don’t know why everybody is freaking out about this. Why can’t bronies (like me) wear MLP patches when the rest of the military is allowed (at the commanders discretion, of course)to wear odd or sometimes explicit morale patches. Where is the difference? there isn’t. Besides, bronies aren’t that bad. we are more approachable than most others. We don’t hate. And we just ask for the same respect that everyone else gets. I’m so sick of everyone going on about this. Aren’t there more important things to worry about than whether or not MLP patches are allowed on uniforms? I mean seriously. Proud USMC Devilpony.

  103. This is why I’m leaving the Army. Outside of units like 10th Mountain, 101st Airborne, 82nd Airborne, and a few others, the discipline is at horrendous levels. This is a ‘facebook’ culture infesting the Army. It’s all about individual expression.

    This particular example, that of the above story, embarrasses me as a soldier. Take that patch off. You are NOT authorized that junk on a uniform. Better men and women before us put the honor in the uniform we wear. We are supposed to leave the uniform as we found it. I’m embarrassed.

    Further, what has happened to the American male? Lost in a sea of Twitter, Facebook, public diaries, and other whining tools, men in this country are lacking achievement. We once went to the moon and stormed the beaches of Normandy. We’re now relegating ourselves to wearing ‘My Little Pony’ patches and whining that no one ‘understands us’. What an embarrassment.

    NCOs! Enforce the standards!

  104. Andrew Hamby on

    Solider
    Then I guess it’s a good thing i’m in the Marine Corps and not the Army. Because it takes real men to not act all high and mighty and what society considers masculine…that’s what’s embarrassing. That people hold themselves above everyone else because they think that they are better…that is what’s pathetic. Now as for UA patches, why can people wear some and not others? People can wear ones that are explicit and disgusting and yet, there’s when it comes to a tame tv show, people start flipping tables left and right about it. Get over it. If it doesn’t involve you, stay out of it.

  105. @Soldier:

    First, please look up the US Navy’s flight suit patch requirements. What you’ll find is up until October 1st, 2011, pilots and aircrewmen could pretty much wear any patch they wanted, as long as it didn’t promote any illegal activities, or go against command delegated requirements. Just because this article is fairly recent doesn’t mean the picture above was taken the same time.

    Secondly, you don’t know who I am, or what I’ve done. Stop assuming you do.

  106. Jesus people – It’s just a cartoon – they watch it for the lols – Emasculating? WTF is wrong with the world today? You are judged for liking a very well animated and very funny cartoon just because the main characters are stylized ponies? Grow up people and respect this brave man for what they do in the army – in the office or on the battlefields – not for what cartoon or movie or whatnot they like!!!

  107. We’ve dealt with this kind of situations before hand of MLP… Remember GI Jane? Remember Wind Talkers? Remember Saving Private Ryan with the Religion issue? These are the same situations we’re having today, but they’re different topics. My rules is that: No one judges your race, gender, or ethnics as long as you wear the color(s) and the flag as a patch on your shoulder to serve and protect the country you love. This comment is for the so called “Society Followers” that follow Society as they were told to follow, as comment #12 would say as well as the others that follows, #5, #21*(*READ THEM CAREFULLY), #22*, and #33. You can read the other comments of where I’m coming from and I also think if there is a rule that if it’s stated that the uniform shall not be altered by unauthorized patches then it needs to be taken down.

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  109. @ morale patches shouldn’t be worn, either. You can do whatever you want in your off-time, but if you disgrace my uniform with that hot-pink rainbow brite crap we’re going to have words

  110. if ya guys want to wear the patch so badly, why not go to the army surplus or some other store like that and get another uniform for OFFDUTY (like I have, old style woodland camo) and put all your patches pins and whatnot on that instead and both parties win. YOu get seen in a uniform in public withw hat you support, the other camp and the army wins because its not offical wear so you can do whatever you want with that one.

  111. Ok guys i wamt to put this in perspective for a moment. I’m a brony and I am currently serving in the Army. Yes the patches are not regulation and I fully understand that. I have one of the patches. The same one that is shown in the pictures of this article. The symbolism that the patch holds isn’t just a fasination for a show geared towards younger girls. If you look it up the patch is based off of Rainbow Dash from my little pony: Friendship is magic. The said pony represents the spirit and element of harmony known as loyalty, Loyalty being the first Army Value if I am not mistaken. Not only that it gives soldiers a feeling of home which every one starts to miss, I know from experience. The patch doesn’t hurt anyone and i would rather see a soldier wear something that shows love and tolerance over something that shows hate. Honestly we are all adults, why not think w8ith an open mind rather than think with a mind set that that was founded on males liking one thing and female liking the other thing. Look at it like this female likes shooting weapons, fishing, hunting, and fixing cars, things that a male would usually do, and not a word is said. But a male liking My Little Pony is a forbidden hobby so to speak. I know its not entirely the same thing but its close enough.

  112. I was at Bronycon with my daughter and her BFF, and yes, I was admittedly a little creeped out initially at the idea of Bronycon. But then we arrived and I have to say it was wonderful! Everyone was really kind and respectful and judgement-free. These folks just love the show and the wholesome message it sends! FTR, I didn’t see anyone in uniform; the only uniform was pony-related! Bravo to the soldiers and sailors and pilots and marines who get their kicks with MLP:FiM, so much better than ugly. And thanks to you for your service to our country. See you at BroNYcon 2013!!!

  113. MilitaryDaughter on

    Hi, ive been a military kid, since…well, my whole life. Personally, my dad doesnt approve of me being a brony, but he doesnt mind, and glad im enjoying being a brony and apart of something. i understand that it may be against uniform, but i honestly doubt some of you have read the uniform regulations and know every services rules. Before you yell and tell people whats wrong and right, shouldn’t you at least know if its correct or not.

  114. On the one hand, yes, the patches have to come off the uniform because they are non-regulation. They aren’t attacking bronies. It’s regulation. There are very specific things that are part of your uniform and authorized patches have proper location to be placed on it. As much as I enjoyed seeing it, I understand that it is no different than telling someone they can’t have a skull patch on their uniform. It’s not a matter of “Oh, that’s not manly.” It’s just that it’s not regulation.

    Outside of that, I’m so happy to see bronies proud of who they are and willing to display it to the world. It’s people like you who show the world what it means to be proud of who you are.

    Love and Tolerance is something everyone should be able to get behind. I wish more people could.

  115. Everyone that has given a negative comment about this demonstration of actual courage is full of crap.

    Maybe if you watch the show for yourself instead of constantly using the “Gay” Card as a piss-poor defense mechanism, you’d find out why the show has gotten a decent following.

    I remember when I first heard about it and began seeing artwork and icons reflecting its obvious form of attraction, I was amazed to find that it picked up so fast and was attracting people that I didn’t exactly see as being one to be attracted to it. I then decided to see for myself why it was so well received and was lucky enough to find it coming on TV at a convenient time and being the first episode. I can honestly say that it was most impressive that it didn’t seem like the vast lot of garbage I’ve come across and was immediately hooked?

    I watched the original series when I was younger, but only because I was not bias about what cartoons I watched as long as it was remotely entertaining or the only good thing that was on. MLP: FiM was like watching the best 80’s & 90’s cartoons in one. The characters are easy to comprehend and relate to in so many ways, a real strong sense of diversity. The stories are morally sound and demonstrates a lot of what many people tend to go through on a common bases, yet still is capable of introducing villains for variety sakes.

    This show in its own way is magical, because despite that it was originally meant for a certain crowd, it blossomed into something everyone can enjoy regardless of age or gender. According to my knowledge, there is nothing that has been created that has spawned such a mutual admiration and didn’t have to resort to using underhanded tactics to draw in fans outside of using Ponies.

  116. Its sad (yes my computer is broke sorry for grammar mistakes) that people are that intolerant and think that it is a cardinal sin to watch and love this show for the true beliefs it has. I was medically discharged from the Army in my 6th week of basic training. i had a Drill Sergeant that was a bigger brony then me . God Bless Every Service Man And Woman. I wish I was among your ranks.
    LOVE AND TOLERANCE

  117. I’m not a ‘Brony,’ nor have I watched the show (aside from a few Youtube clips), but I think I can hazard a guess as to why macho guys with AR-15s like these cutesy, colourful ponies with names like ‘Fluttershy.’ Even in a non-sexual way, straight men are attracted to ‘girly’ things. I’m reminded of a comment from a homosexual, who was annoyed at being accused of campiness: “if I liked feminine things, I’d date women.” Men liking ‘girly’ cartoon characters isn’t unprecedented. I, for example, liked Sailor Moon, in my 20s, as the characters were…um, nicely drawn. (I like pretty Little Liars’ live action characters for the same reason. Lucy Hale looks like Sailor Mercury. But I digress.) Whilst browsing through Canadian Tire, I was amazed to see Tinkerbell decals in the auto detailing section, presumably for men to tack up on their F350s. And these big-eyed, adorable creatures also inspire paternal, protective feelings in men. Just look at ‘Man on Fire.’ At any rate, it’s nice to see the members of our NATO forces–whose balls clang loudly–liking something like this. This is a nice contrast to those vile Islamists, whose misogyny and gynophobia predisposes them to hate anything ‘girly’ so much that they wank off to Bacha Bazi porn.

  118. Wow, this just, wow. And my original comment just got deleted because of negativity. Anyways, this whole brony military bullshit is just fucking stupid. And I don’t want to live on this planet anymore, go ahead and say “They are protecting you from terrorists!” or “So what if they obsess over some mediocore kid’s show?” THESE are GROWN MEN in the military, a place where you go and brutally murder the enemies and at risk of dying yourself, are coming to the military with these stupid MLP patches. Seriously? What next, they are going to love and tolerate the terrorists now? This is just awful. I don’t care if you like the show or not, but if you are going that far to join the MILITARY JUST to show how “cool” and “ironic” you are for liking MLP, you just need to be ashamed of you for putting yourself in front of society like this.

  119. The comments on this post were not suprising. Aparently love and toleratiin arnt manly. I wonder if the men who stormed normany cried for there dead comrades. Does that make them not manly? Also, who are tou to judge other people?

  120. Well… Very interesting. Considering that there are over 100,000,000 bronies (I’m not exaggerating. This is true) there has to be at least 1,000,000 military bronies. But anyway, keep watching the show. Soon we’ll get an island somewhere like Equestria Daily says.

  121. Really, this matters why? So what if fans of MLP:FiM are in the military? Who cares? It is amazing how attention seeking these Bronies are.

  122. I swear to God, you can not spell for shit. Also, on a serious note, I can’t believe how attention whoring these Bronies are. They just joined the Military and painted their guns pink just to show they like a show for little girls!? Wow. Just wow.

  123. Also, this whole comment section is just a big circlejerk of butthurt against Sadened (Obvious troll btw, but you are all too fucking stupid to realize that anyways.) and how great these faggots are.

  124. IDK, I think it’s a funny, enjoyable show. Like Archer, South Park, family Guy, and Robot Chicken. Wish I had known about it back in Iraq, would have… owned the patch. Not worn, but owned. Had an Umbrella Corp patch on my asaault pack. My team wore super hero symbol ranks while on mission.

  125. Lol, read more comments. People are angry if we like something they think is pansey. All I can think to say…. GTFO. We work long hours, our boss sleeps 4 cots down and doesn’t mind telling us to work shit at any hour, day or night. We choose the mental escape. The physical escape is a lot less happy for everyone.

  126. Last comment in a row.

    That mf’er should get that shit off his uniform. Is that your unit? Are you the frickin liason for the army to the MLP show? You’re WRONG.. It has nothing to do with fandom or courage, it’s way f’ed up. If it was just for a pic, it’s not one you should have even shared.

  127. Lol, last one.

    Prior post NOT to the guy pictured here. To the f’tard in ACU’s at that convention. Same patch, but WRONG TIME AND PLACE.

    Guy pictured above, prob on-mission. I hear ya, and charlie mike.

  128. I would love to fight along side a military brony. Going on missions and (friendly) arguing over who the best pony is. Wonderful to know there is people who can carry a gun and also say “Yeah, I watch MLP.” Totally worth a /).

  129. I applaud the military bronies. Yes the patch violates the regs and that’s unfortunate. What would be cool is if a military unity simply adopted a Pony as their mascot and incorporated it into their official unit patch. Couldn’t say anything about it then.

    I can see how the message of MLP would be appealing to military personnel. Teamwork and loyalty are core concepts to both the military and the show and people are disparaging them for that because some people think it’s just for girls? Sad.

  130. “One might assume My Little Pony and the military go together like a unicorn and an M2 machine gun.”

    > implying unicorns and M2 machine guns *wouldn’t* go well together

  131. I just want to ask: Is there a military uniform that can still be worn while not “in service” and to “unsanctioned” or “unsupported” events? Especially with whatever kind of patch you want (as long as the message of the patch isn’t malicious)?

  132. No there is not. The Army does not feel there is a need to let personnel display themselves as military to events that are not sanctioned, nor do they feel the need to provide fatigues for personnel to play paintball with. So no special unregulated representative uniforms or field fatigues.

    There really is no need. Soldiers at these events are not there to represent the Army, or any other personnel of other branches. These people represent themselves.

    You can wear your ARMY baseball cap from the PX, or a unit T shirt, or your OEF/OIF caps. Have a good hair cut, be within height/weight, and act professional.

    If you are a cadet, or intending to enlist in the military; you are not military.

  133. @Mach I completely agree with you 100%. I used to be a brony until it got rubbed in the wrong side of my face and made me hate it. I lost friends due to this stupid fandom and not only that, but thay are assholes to me and others for hating the show. TO all of you bronies out there. you have committed pedophilia for strange obsession over a kids show and Bestiality of masturbating on horses. Prepare to be judged by god. REPENT!!!

  134. This is not immasculating at all to our military or our image. Imagine being killed by an enemy who watches cartoon ponies preach about friendship- now THAT is a morale crusher. If you cannot wrap your minds around why it happens, just think of it as psyops

  135. @ZackG,

    Sorry, but 15 y/o girls could probably relate to your emotions. Losing friends because of the show was probably your fault, not because you liked something.

    This article is about –military– “bronies.” Not random kids.

  136. I’m seeing a lot of new recruits and cadets trying to openly display their firey love for the show on BEHALF of the military, but I have yet to see anyone paint a real rifle pink for it. There are already thousands of pink AR’s and AK’s for guy’s wives and daughters.

    Seems everyone who wants to join, just joined, or is a cadet; is “in the military” these days.

  137. Some Army Guy on

    You can like and watch whatever show you want. The only problem I have are pictures of soldiers wearing unauthorized patchs in uniform which are posted on-line. Which demonstrates a lack of military discipline and disregard for regulations…

  138. “You can like and watch whatever show you want. The only problem I have are pictures of soldiers wearing unauthorized patchs in uniform which are posted on-line. Which demonstrates a lack of military discipline and disregard for regulations…”

    I agree to this statement.

    What I dislike is using “Military” this and that to give a special group within the community. You have to respect everyone else and not make associations. “Hey guys we are Brony lawyers, Brony MD, Brony Nurses, Brony Firemen, Brony Teachers Etc.” your speaking on the those professions.

    Putting patches on your military uniform is disrespectful to those who wear it also. Putting on your ceremonial Marine uniform with a custom patch, doing that shows disobedience of proper attire.

    I know you like the show just don’t push it onto others who are unaware or have their dislikes.

    Don’t use your hard earned title as a stepping stone for respect. No IDing as “Military Bronies” just “Bronies”.

  139. Eight years in the Corps, twenty years on the PD. I don’t have too much of a problem with cutie mark moto patches – if you’re in civvies, on libbo. And if your unit regs say you can wear moto patches on a flight suit or a flak vest, then more power to you. But, if you’re in garrison, or otherwise in uniform in the public eye, you’re representing for every Soldier, Sailor, Marine, and Airman who has served before you, is serving with you, and will serve after you (and that goes for coppers, too). Keep that trash out of sight – it brings discredit upon us all, if for no other reason than it gives the haters more ammo. Wear what you’re issued – no more, no less.

    Having said that, haters gonna hate. Let me put it this way for ‘em: between the Corps and the PD, I’ve seen just about everything evil that one person can do to another. So, yeah, I can get behind a show that preaches being nice to each other, even if it’s marketed to my grandchildren. If you think that makes me a candyass, well… feel free to think whatever you please. You can even test it, if you want – but, like the man said, you better pack a lunch if you want to be Billy Badass down here.

    Oh, and the one hater who thinks that we’re just knuckledragging bloodthirsty mercenaries for Big Oil can try his luck asking for Love and Tolerance ™ from Abdul’n’da’Boyzz… This ain’t Equestria, slick. And even if it were, those lances the Royal Guard are carrying ain’t just decorations. (Unless Cap’n Shiny is a knuckledragging bloodthirsty mercenary for Big Magic, of course…) Don’t be a mule all your life, slick…

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