Army paints tank pink, but not for the reason you might think
Soldiers at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma place a pink M60 tank on a target range for artillery shelling. The pink paint job is not for the reason you might think.
October 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Army paints tank pink, but not for the reason you might think

By Larry Shaughnessy

October is when America's favorite color seems to be pink.

NFL football players don pink cleats and hang pink towels from their belts.

The wives of both major presidential candidates risk a fashion police citation by wearing the same shade of pink to the second debate. And the president himself is seen wearing a pink rubber bracelet.

Everywhere there are pink ribbons. In almost every case, this temporary change of hues is in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, when public service organizations unite to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

But when the Army recently sent out pictures of a pink tank at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, saving woman from the disease was not the goal.

Fort Sill is one of the places where soldiers go to learn how to fire artillery at targets. When you are shooting a gun that fires a round the size of a cured ham, you don't shoot at paper targets, you shoot at three-dimensional targets.

The people who run the target range at Fort Sill recently changed the targets, removing what's left of old jeeps and humvees and moving in new ones, including an M60 tank painted a very vibrant shade of pink.

The M60 Patton tank was the workhorse of the U.S. Army's armored divisions in Vietnam until the deployment of the M1 Abrams, the tank currently in use today.

Fort Sill obtained two old M60s from Fort Knox, the home of the Army's tank training, for the target range.

When they arrived, one tank was painted pink, the other purple.

According to a news release from Army, the paint colors where used in previous training to help new soldiers know which tank to aim at.

At Fort Sill, where the tanks will be targeted by high-explosive artillery rounds, it won't matter what color they are. In a few months, there won't be much left to see.

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  1. Olin Syrstad

    Prognosis and survival rates for breast cancer vary greatly depending on the cancer type, stage, treatment, and geographical location of the patient. Survival rates in the Western world are high; for example, more than 8 out of 10 women (84%) in England diagnosed with breast cancer survive for at least 5 years.`*'*

    Good day

    June 10, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
  2. jake

    dont you think obama would have better things to worry about than what color to change the tanks??

    November 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  3. Wpferg

    It's funny all the depairing comments, yet we have the greatest military in the world. All the naysayers are from countries that have been embarrassed in the field, or are socialist nuts that hate their own country. Men and Women have done an awesome job defending this country, and if u dont like it, leave, Please!

    November 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  4. john

    I have read abve and say that d they can't believe in them because their bible says the world is only generaly depend on mans and womens What about the women attached to them so save womens and man.above contains are awesome ....

    November 9, 2012 at 2:58 am | Reply
  5. nick dondero

    Oh, it has evaded everyone. The whole idea of painting a tank pink is to get the other side to laugh so hard or wonder so long that the pink tank has the time to blow them away. You may just die laughing. But dead is still dead.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:56 am | Reply
  6. william gordon

    Reminds me of the "pink" whale.
    Bit the end off a submarine .... and sucked out all the sea men.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
  7. fiftyfive55

    PINK is for all the daisies in the new army,and also for all the illegal aliens that somehow have infiltrated our military.Homeland security ? What a joke !

    October 25, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Christopher

      OMG. What an ignorant fool you just showed yourself to be. Obviously one of the small, loud group who thought we should keep "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Are you not aware that there are just as many gays(65,000) in the military now as there were before? And the officer who trained and led General George Washingon's army at Valley Forge was gay also, along with Alexander the Great. Go troll some place else. We've got a country to protect.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • John

      You know what's gay? People running around, shouting and blathering about everything that's wrong with this country. How capitalism is dead, medicine is socialized, and muslims are infiltrating our government with illegal aliens making babies that you have to pay for. And then bemoaning the fact that if we had elected McCain and Palin, none of this would have been occurred. That's gay.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • boss man

      Glad to see all the racist, Bigots and republicans are still crying after a successful election. The only way to help a racist bigot out is to pretend to listen to them so they feel important. I am very sure this guy is white, and has a small submarine. He might reply, if not beating his wife and yelling at the tv is his most important role in life and yelling "they took our jobs".......

      November 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  8. CDAT-6

    Enemy tanks on the battlefield might be the same model we're using/ have used, but there will be ways to differentiate–such as camouflage scheme, painted markings such as stars or half-moons on the turret, etc. Heck, since no two things can physically sit in the exact same place, compass directions could be used during this training. Imagine hearing over the radio something along the lines of "2 tanks in the open at grid 123789. North tank first." Perhaps more realistic training is too difficult for our infantry brethren, so that they must rely on something "easier"–like primary and secondary colors, to actually do something correctly? I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that Fort Campbell houses the brainiacs that thought this was a GFI.

    & I will continue to view this as Fort Sill's efforts to support breast cancer awareness!!!

    October 25, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      so now all we gotta do is convince the enemy to paint their military equipment pink so we dont shoot ourselves ???
      dont the illegals in the army even know how to read so they can fire the gun ?

      October 25, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • boss man

        we all know fifty five 50 is a white racist wife beating bigot, oops I mean republican

        November 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Retired Infantry Air Assault

      At least when an Infantryman calls for fire, the rounds land within the designated area rather than your local KMART PARKING LOT!

      Way to go "QUEEN OF BATTLE!"

      October 25, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  9. rad666

    Modern "Operation Petticoat."

    October 24, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
  10. King of Field Artillery

    In the Field Artillery to paint a target is to laze but not for the Infantry interputation maybe organizations don't understand the FA concept at Fort Sill to locate camouflage targets. The cost was approx $4000:) Do you think we need Infantryman to set the standard for the FA on the color of targets for a target insertion?

    October 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  11. HT

    The pinacle of journalism ... not.

    October 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  12. Ca Ed

    My instructor at Camp Pendleton said, "Hit the F$#king Tank"!!!

    I didn't need which an additional incentive or a pink target; if I missed, he would kick my a$$.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  13. Embarrassed Redleg

    Only about $6000.00 worth of taxpayers money to paint (no joke). At least they won't be pink and purple for long...

    October 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  14. geeworker

    making of new Hollywood blockbuster??? story line WWII England at a US detention center. A group of US Army misfits and prisoners awaiting the death penalty for crimes they didn't commit are forced to work together and form a fighting unit. their mission is canceled and they are returned to prison, but they escape and they piece together a tank from stolen or"acquired" parts the only paint they find to protect it rusting is pink, they go around blowing up the wrong targets but in the end they save the day and are hero but because they are still wanted they disappear and the movie ends

    Holly wood can pass it off as original hoping that no one will watch TCM on Saturday

    October 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Goody334

      You didn't see the old Cary Grant, Tony Curtis movie "Operation Petticoat"? Pink submarine in that one.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
      • beernpizzalover

        Gives a whole new meaning to 'sink the pink'...

        October 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  15. WOE

    ~~ THAT'S GAY ARMY ~~

    October 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  16. DonkeyKong

    You just need to hire BETTER SOLDIERS.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Jon

      Get off your fat ass and see how well you can do

      October 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • peridot2

      Soldiers aren't hired, genius, they're recruited. Learn the difference.

      October 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  17. biorsel

    No...No...They did it so the gunner can feel LOVE is in the air...

    October 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  18. Lou Cypher

    Good we practice on pink tanks because, you know, the Chinese will attack with tanks painted pink. har har

    October 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  19. nottolate

    "According to a news release from Army, the paint colors where used in previous training to help new soldiers know which tank to aim at."

    Seriously, thats pretty sad. How bout making them learn how to id a tank by model like it use to be?

    October 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • John

      How are they going to know which Patton to shoot at if they're both olive drab? They painted them both different shades to aid in telling the difference between the same model of tank....

      October 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • 32K32

      It's sad when people do not edit articles before posting them online. "Where" =/= "were"

      October 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • guaraya

        I agree. It also reads "woman", when it should be "women".

        October 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
      • M

        Oh wow, I just re-read the article and caught the misuse of 'where' which should have been 'were'. I also noticed the misuse of 'woman'. It's bad enough when most of the comments are full of misspellings, incorrect grammar and missing or improper use of punctuation but when an article writer does it, it's really bad. I take it there are no proofreaders?

        October 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • this3ndup

      The tank in question is used for target practice to assist troops in learning how to aim properly; the ability to identify the model of the tank is irrelevent in that context. That would be like requiring targets on every rifle range to accurately depict the uniforms of various foreign militaries. How does that assist in learning to accurately fire a weapon? Learning to identify enemy targets by their type is an entirely seperate aspect of training, and it is not being neglected by the modern military establishment, I assure you. 🙂

      October 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • Redleg

        Right you are, the funny thing about these forums is most people who say anything about the military, have no experience in the military, and think winning at Call of Duty somehow relates to what kind of soldier they would be

        -Former Artillery trooper.

        October 23, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Dave and former Redleg

      Many countries use the same tanks. We've sold M-60s to other countries. In desert storm, both sides used Russian equipment especially tanks. You can't just pick a target because it's a certain type of tank if both sides are using it.

      October 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
      • D_Coder

        They're both the same kind of tank! What's wrong with "the tank on the left" or "the tank on the right"???

        October 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • rob w

      Learning the enemy's tanks is the right way but that's to much like right.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  20. nottolate

    It must be so female gunners will know which tank to shoot out during training exercises....LOL! I just couldn't resist.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Redleg

      No female gunners in Field Artillery. Air Defense Artillery, yes, but they don't shoot at Tanks

      October 23, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  21. tokencode

    I guess the army went all-out when repealing don't ask, don't tell.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  22. Reasonably

    P*ssy Riot tank scheme.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  23. Jeffrey

    Seeing how all we're going to do is shoot at it and destroy it, I wonder how much this paint job set us back...

    October 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  24. rob breisch

    Having trained at Fort Sill in artillery with the old M109A1 Self propelled 155mm howitzer – I can tell you that a tank at range is hard to hit the first time-this color ought to help gunners get it the first time.This have changed so much since 1973 they may actually hit it dead on the first try.We did not have lasers back then-just spotting scopes and a 1 mil error at a down range target can mean a huge miss.1 direct hit with anything from a 105mm to 155 mm shell-goodbye tank-regardless of color.
    WE got to see a C130 Hercules with a GE Gatling gun blast targets to bits on 4th of July-quite a show. Fort Sill can be a hot place to train in July.A nice post-built during the Civil War-it has quite the history.

    October 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • dondijon

      The gunner and AG are secondary to the No.1 in direct fire, as he is responcible for not only Left and right deflexion but also sight to crest... true enought the Ag yellss set.. set.. set and the Gunner Yells fire but that all depends on speed of loading, one over one under (with a curtesy hop) or a direct hit. The latter of which is most readily accomplished while unfortunatelly under direct fire. and as for me, I've single-handedly hand slammed HE down the tube of a M-198 (TOWED) until I plum lost count. and scored pretty damn Respectable scores at direct fire exercises When on range in both the US and BRD. For H.E.A.T. I still get Excited when I hear a Copperhead go down range being pushed By Charge *SupweX Red Bag... I believe I'm not the only EX-GunBunny Here though am I?

      October 25, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
  25. Mitt Romney


    October 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  26. cpc65

    Something tells me that unless we go to war with San Francisco, the gunners will be firing at tanks with a slightly more effective camouflage scheme.

    October 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Floyd Johnson

      Kuwait was the final relevant tank battle for the United States (it was phenomenal). The strategies of Hitler and Patton are now a thing of history. Tanks are still being produced more for political/economic reasons rather than strategic interests.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
      • jboHDrider

        Armor may be a thing of the past (although I disagree 100%) but artillery is in no way a thing of the past! FIRE MISSION!

        October 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • 2Smart4Tea

        Maybe Heinz Guderian or Erwin Rommel, but not Hitler – he was never a military leader (regardless of what he thought).

        October 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
      • Hitler Knew Nothing about Tank Doctrine

        Heinz Guderian, Patton, Erich von Manstein and Rommel were the father's of tank combat. Hitler stone the blitzkrieg as their own plan. As for tanks battles in themselves. Just because they're irrelevant at the moment doesn't mean that'll last. There will be an inevitable major war. Nor will America be the only nation in that war talented with their tanks.

        October 23, 2012 at 12:16 am |
      • Seriously

        @Hitler Knew Nothing...
        There will never be any relevant tank battles for the US again. Certainly not at the level of Rommel and Patton. Any country that has tanks capable of being more than target practice for the M1 Abrams likely has nukes. We will never be having a tank battle with someone with nukes because that would imply an invasion/ground war with someone who could wipe us off the map. WW2 style tank battles are gone like a calvary charge.

        October 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  27. Sagebrush Shorty

    Don't ask, don't tell.

    October 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • guaraya

      That's hilarious!!

      October 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  28. Larry depends on spell check too much

    Hey Larry Shaughnessy – Don't depend on the spell check function when proofing your article. "According to a news release from Army, the paint colors where used in previous training to help new soldiers know which tank to aim at." I think you meant, "...the paint colors were used in..." Here's a hint: actually read the words before submitting it for posting on the website!

    October 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • lordnimrond

      Not to mention the fact that he seemed to forget the word "the" in front of Army in that same sentence you quoted...


      Apparently "all Larry's base are belong to us"....

      October 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
      • cpc65

        Someone set him up the bomb

        October 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • Reasonably

        For great justice!

        October 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • cpc65

      One time Spell Check tried to change the last name of my boss's boss to Buttocks in an email I was sending to the corporate office. While I wouldn't call that entirely inaccurate, I probably wouldn't still be working there had that one gone through.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
      • CMColo

        I recall a corporate email that went out about a meeting date, then another soon followed to correct for a new meeting time. The person apologized for the 'incontinence'.

        October 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Emory

      Heil grammer!!!!!

      October 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  29. John Astin

    This chit happens when you put gays in the military.

    October 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  30. Operation Petticoat

    Question: What's long and hard and full of sea men? Answer: A submarine.

    October 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  31. Scott

    I figured it was to celebrate BoBo's new limp wrist military 😉


    October 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • lordnimrond

      Ahhh,...what humor... You're a real winner there Scott...

      Oh, wait,...I'm sorry,...I meant weiner...

      October 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • jboHDrider

      I am so sick of the disrespect shown the president...His name is President Obama and you are the only obobo on this thread.

      October 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
      • Jose

        Poor little Obozo, can't take a little criticism.

        October 23, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  32. Tony

    are we going to war with Candy Land?

    October 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  33. Chadley

    I absolutely thought this would be a "War on cancer!" thing.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  34. us_1776

    They had all this leftover paint when they painted that submarine pink.


    October 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  35. HoustonOilMan

    Wasn't there a sub painted pink in WWII, I think Cary Grant was the captain.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Spoken above like a true mindless Tea Partier. This is how these Tea Partiers think. Nothing serious on their minds at all.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
      • HoustonOilMan

        Sorry but I think Tea Parties are for little girls to have with thier imaginary friends, you got the wrong guy I'm support the president all the way.

        October 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • HoustonOilMan

        George, maybe you're too young but Opertaion Peticoat was one of my favorite movies growing up. Do you even know who Cary Grant was?

        October 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
      • Schmedley

        @Patton, here's a few hints:

        1) you just attacked someone who's on your side
        2) giving the other side the finger doesn't change anyone's minds in your favor. In fact as an undecided, seeing crap like your posting makes me want to vote the other way

        Perhaps you should work a bit on your own thinking...

        October 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
      • Gwense

        @houston Yes,,,, co-staring Tony Curtis.

        October 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • Irony

        lol... I think George is too young to remember Operation Petticoat (GREAT of my favorites, right up there with Charade). It's a shame that the younger generation jumps at the chance to spout inflammatory nonsense on message boards without bothering to at least Google it first.

        October 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • johnharry

      aye there was one matey

      October 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Trumpetedeagle

      They never seemed to be able to fix that number 1 engine. But hey, she still managed to sink a truck.

      October 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  36. George Patton

    I'd thank those idiots in the military not to put my name on those cursed tanks or any other killing machine they may have! I'm proud of my last name just as my ancestors were going back to medieval England. Besides, I hate all these senseless wars that we're currently engaged in as they're about politics and greed and not based on moral principles as was WW2!!!

    October 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • Henry

      I truly cannot blame you George for feeling that way! I'd be madder that a hornet if some jerk put my name on those killing machines!

      October 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • JudgeDB

      Please shut up.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Tyler

      Idiots in the military huh? I'd take the intelligence of a ground pounder over yours any day...

      October 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • Whizerd67

        BRAINWASHED ground pounders..get it right!

        ~Blessed Be to all~

        October 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Irony

      Who wants to bet that George was playing Call of Duty on his other computer as he posted this?

      October 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
      • jboHDrider

        Who wants to bet that he could actually get into the military to serve anyway? What ever he says means nothing.

        October 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • rp1588

      WW2 was for politics and greed, too. It is true USA was not on the worst side, but it ended up doing many of the worst things, in particular making civilians primary targets.

      October 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • Erwin Rommel

      You're just lucky I was sick as hell.

      October 23, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
  37. BD

    I'm Canadian and by no means a military history buff but I don't think the the M-60 was every used in Vietnam.... could be wrong.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • BD


      October 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • bobby

      It totally was used in Vietnam as well as Desert Storm and other small wars.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • sybaris

      You sound like my wife. She says something as if it's fact and then add, "but I don't know".

      October 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
      • koi

        My husband says this of me and to me too.

        October 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
      • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

        You lack reading comprehension.

        October 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • CoffinHunter

      M48 was used in Vietnam, not the M60. If this article wasn't from a reliable source, I'd swear that pink tank is an M48, not an M60. The turret lost looks 'wrong' to me.

      October 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
      • Wuz DAT?

        I think you may be right. the turret shape does seem off, and the leading edge of the glacis appears to be straight, whereas if I recall correctly it was curved on the M60. To be fair, the M60 and the M48 were pretty similar, and both called Patton. Shame to use it as a target when I'd have a lot more fun with it out on my folks' land, though.

        October 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • Chris

        It's definately an M60A3 with the turret reversed. The giveaway is the three return rollers for the tracks. The M48 had 5.

        November 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  38. lee boy2012

    dont ask dont tell. PINK really atleast you could have said it was for breast cancer.

    October 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      The M-60 Tank did not serve in Vietnam. The M-48 was in Vietnam while the M-60 was in Europe to defend against the then Soviet Union. This may not sound like much difference but there is.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
      • Bigger Lifter

        The M60 AVLB and the M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (M60 tank mounting a short-tubed main gun) were variants of the M60 deployed to South Vietnam. So technically, yes, they were used in Vietnam.

        October 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Irony

      If they'd done that though, they'd have gotten a lot of angry flak when they started shelling the $@#$ out of it.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  39. Cherries

    Guys and Gals alike have a common goal: save the ta-ta's!!

    October 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      I heart b00bies!

      October 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • KS_lady

      What about the women attached to them? Aren't they what we're trying to save here(not in the article, of course because it's a red herring)? What if you have to get a mastectomy, eh?

      October 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        A woman without boobs is a dairy cow without udders... useless.

        October 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  40. Patrick

    Who on earth cares why a tank is painted pink? At any rate, one can kill just many people in a green tank as well as a pink one! This post here is quite stupid, to say the least!!!

    October 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • hazyjoe

      maybe im just high and read your post wrong or youre just stupid

      October 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Hugh Jass

      "This post here is quite stupid, to say the least!!!" The one made by a guy named Patrick? Yes, quite stupid.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • Owl96

      Did you read the article? The pink tank will be shooting at no one. It will be shot at. Yes it was used to shoot during training, but then again, it was not trying to kill anyone.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Irony

      I agree wholeheartedly. Your post WAS stupid.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  41. ROMNEY2012

    Welcome to the pussified American Army, courtesy of the WORST president in the history of the entire planet.
    Send OBAMA back to Africa!
    Vote for GOD's choice, MITT ROMNEY!

    October 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • Your A Putz

      Your a putz so do us a favor and keep watching faux news and them Vi agra commercials which is made just for you.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
      • Frank Freedom

        I like how people say "us" and "we" and can't say I because they all alone.

        October 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • Your A Putz

        Well I will use the word I as the original poster use the racial comment of back to Africa. I do find it amazing a person can make those comments and support a person running for president who was one step above a draft dodger with the concinious object and ran to Paris on his daddies money while his comrads went to war.

        So I challenge this person to explain how a non fighter is to lead the US Armed forces.... I know he can hide behind the desk and send everyone else to fight... but does he deserve it.... I think not!

        October 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • Humphrey

        It's spelled You're.

        October 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Frank Freedom

      Actually God's choice would have been Ron Paul and not that lying sack Romney, but I completely agree with you about Obama.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Hugh Jass

        " God's choice would have been Ron Paul " What, a Randite atheist? God's dumb.

        October 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Patrick

      Why should we all vote for Mytt Robmey? He plans to murder just as many, if not more people than Killer O'Bama did and now doing! What a sorry choice for the Presidency! This is a national disgrace!!!

      October 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Well put, Patrick. Just look at all these other posts here done by these Tea Partying retards. It's enough to make even a billie goat want to puke!!!

        October 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • NoBiggotsHere

      Grow up man!

      October 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • GOD

      Sorry ROMNEY2012, my choice is for all to vote for Donald Trump. Thanks for trying to get my word out but let me handle it from here.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Les

      "Pussified"? There is no such word in the English language. By the way, real men wear whatever color they want to and totally disinterested in what other people choose wear.. The only difference between men and women is in the genes. Everything else is the confused fantasy of a teenage brain.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

        Girly man

        October 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • JohnnyBlade

      Agreed. Obama is a disgrace to the Office. He isn't a President, but he plays one on TV.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • The_CIA

      Actually, if there were a GOD we wouldn't need a PRESIDENT. Everyone would just get along and we wouldn't have to divide ourselves up into country's to protect ourselves.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Cherries

      Saving the ta-ta's is everyone's business. I'm sure both candidates are all for early detection and prevention.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
      • Dlws

        Yep, "ta ta" cancer already receives far more federal research dollars than all of the cancers that primarily afflict men COMBINED and it kills fewer people. Save the nuts would be just as worthy of a goal, but NO politicians, corporations, actors, athletes, singers, etc. care one bit about men's health. Men who suffer from cancer do not have special laws to protect them, unlike females who have received numerous health privileges over the last two decades. Misandry rules.

        October 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Michael

      I'm glad we have people like you, Romney2012, to keep mainstream America up-to-date on the sort of primitive, mouth-breathing clod that makes up the GOP base. The party likes to put on a civilized face, but it's guys like you – barely coherent, obviously under-educated, racist, and willfully ignorant – which comprise the Republican faithful. Thanks for reminding us.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • stevie

      You must have made Joseph Smith proud.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • allenwoll

      Hey, Ro-Money - What's the goin rate for GoPie-Creepies like YOU ? ?

      October 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • History Bear

      Assuming there is a "god", he is more than capable of terminating anyone he doesn't want. The fact that he must be pretty tolerant, maybe doesn't care- about what is going on is that you still breath.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Owl96

      I may be wrong, but I really doubt that Obama chose any training tank colors. He had nothing to do with this decision.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • JudgeDB

      Lets see:
      Supports a whacko who believes he'll get his own planet when he dies... Check!
      Believes the president was born in another country and isn't a citizen, and that no one in any office of government ever verified his citizenship despite having birth certificates published... Check!
      Brings "god" into politics and only supports people who believe in the same imaginary friend... Check!

      Due to the evidence provided above, it is safe to draw the conclusion that you are a backwoods inbred troll that no only has no understanding of how the US government, or the real world in general, operate, but is also responsible for the steady decline of the United States, and humanity in general.

      Have a nice day.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • Ally

      Geez, people... Please stop feeding this *very* obvious troll.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • jboHDrider

      This from a teaOPer who obviouisly could not be accepted into the military. It's way too hard for a 1d10t like you to get in.

      October 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • 2Smart4Tea

      Thanks ROMNEY2012, a post like that likely cost Mitt thousands of votes – please post more ignorance, let's make sure that Mitt retires and is never heard from again after he loses this election!

      October 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  42. Josh

    I didn't think the pink was for Breast Awareness (I think most male solders are already aware of them). I thought it was simply the tanks designated for use by the newly trained female tank personnel.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  43. Josh

    "the paint colors where used in previous training to help new soldiers know which tank to aim at."

    As long as we can convince our enemies to do the same, we're OK.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  44. David M

    I must have missed something in this article, because I failed to find the news-worthy part of it. Maybe the writer submitted this to CNN as a 'body of work' to see if he could get hired as a reporter???

    October 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  45. buzz

    I support healthy breasts!

    October 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  46. Knucklehead

    I knew this would happen when they started letting women serve in the military.

    At least everybody knows where to go on the base for the latest Mary Kay products.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  47. Pink Scmink

    So what? This is irrelevant and poorly written.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  48. toad

    the M60 was not the work horse tank in Vietnam, that was the m48.............yawn........

    October 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • skipper Sam

      The M60-based M60 AVLB (Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge) and the M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle were the only variants of the M60 deployed to South Vietnam.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  49. JohnnyInSNJ

    This article was a waste of digital ink

    October 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Waste of Ink

      I agree. As was this sentence. And this one.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  50. I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

    How come the cannon-fodder aren't wearing pink camos?

    October 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  51. Myself

    "...saving woman from the disease was not the goal."
    It should be saving women, not woman.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • lantenec

      Yeah, and it matters SO much....

      October 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Tengu

      Hey, what are you doing out of the kitche?!?! Make me a sandwich!!

      October 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Yourself

      Also ...

      According to a news release from Army, the paint colors where used in previous training to help new soldiers know which tank to aim at.

      should be "were" used in previous training

      Remember to stay in school kids.

      October 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  52. Shawn

    That is one huge cotton candy machine.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  53. Pink Belly

    Funny, I thought this was a psychological tactic to make enemies think the tank, and it's occupants, were soft until BOOM! No more enemies.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  54. BigSmitty

    That's awesome. One pink and one purple to teach the "redlegs" what to shoot at. Should be really beneficial when we go to war with Hello Kitty or My Little Pony...

    October 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • JohnnyBlade

      Hey now, Rainbow Dash can kick some serious flank.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • AS

      That gave me a laugh when I needed one. 🙂 Thx

      October 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • Bronies

      Bronies Brigade.

      October 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • MIJohn

      Ah you people do realize that at the ranges artillery is fire at pink and purple are some of the few colors that don't become become completely indistinct. Its the opposite of the reason why tanks are painted camouflage patterns – in an actual shooting fight you want to vanish but on the range you need to be able to see what you're shooting at so you don't obliterate the wrong one.

      The sheer amount of ignorance that the right-leaning posters have here though is rather telling. I bet some DNA tests would show a whole more Neanderthal gene in the GOP than any other group. Too stupid and too slow to adapt so they end up going extinct as a species.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • Jose

        I bet it doesn't. And besides, how do you know the "Neanderthals" were more primitive than us. Sounds like a bunch of uninformed bigotry to me. But then again, Libs are known to be some of the worst hypocritical bigots there are.

        October 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • JudgeDB

        Everyone knows that Republicans don't believe in Neanderthals. They can't believe in them because their bible says the world is only 6000 years old! And if you think that is insane, they are actively trying to elect a guy who believes that Jesus died, then came back to life and flew to North America so he could hide some golden plates for some yahoo to find about 1800 years later.

        Then when said yahoo found the plates, he promptly (and conveniently) lost them. The best part is how Joesph Smith was shot in the back while trying to jump out of a window to escape an angry mob that was coming for him after he illegally declared martial law. At least Jesus accepted his fate. Joesph Smith tried to run away like a little girl.

        October 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  55. Cary Grant

    I was on a pink submarine once.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Paul M.

      I got high writing a yellow one...

      October 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Logan

      Operation Petticoat, a vicious action assuredly.

      October 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Knucklehead

      Your wife's on one right now

      October 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  56. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    This is what happens when Don't Ask, Don't Tell gets rescinded in the Artillery Training Classes. What they should have done was paint one a pale pink and the other a lilac, instead of the bright Pink and Purple used. Very good reasoning for this – the colors are very close to each other and would be a better training exercise in proper target recognition.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • bones1918

      Don't ask don't tell? I don't understand the connection. If anything, pink makes guys think of breasts.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • get3

        .......and the pink moose knuckle

        October 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Bob-O-Link

      The whole point to painting them different colors was so that they didn't look the same, my fine feathered friend. That's just kind of dumb to suggest they paint them to look the same when that defeats the whole point of the exercise.

      October 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • Knucklehead

      Pink and lilac would sooooooo clash...

      October 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  57. Cheese Wonton

    Lots of joking in the paint shop I'm sure.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  58. saeed

    great news 5 usa soldier got gunned down today in afghanistan bom bom bom bom bom through 5 flat faces.

    October 22, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Daniel

      I can only hope that the worst fate imaginable will bless you and your family with it's gift. You don't deserve the air you breathe. You will be judged by your Allah. Btw learn to spell, it will make you look more intelligent!

      October 22, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
      • Bob Loblaw

        Wah, wah, wah, wah........*sniff*

        All done crying now?

        October 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Dude

      Cool, when some natural disaster or other horrible event happens in the Middle East, I will remember your comment and write my political leaders demanding that we provide no food aid, no medical aid, no refugee aid, no nothing. Have a nice day!

      October 22, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
      • Bob Loblaw

        Oh, yes! – your "leaders" are going to listen to YOU, yessiree!

        Such delusion.

        October 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Sodomite

      You tell 'em, saeed.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
      • Daniel

        While don't you go sodomize saeed, I am confident you would both like it... I can assure you the USA is not cheering when they have to take down one of your countrymen.

        October 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • Sodomite

        Yeah, you're such a humanist. Typical ignorant hypocrite.

        October 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • George Patton

      Another PAKI Tard, Saeed gives all the reason, you don't trust Paki muslims. Ungrateful skunks. Arabs are different. Period.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • Hindus Suck

        Don't you have an elephant to pray to at the moment while wiping your @ss with your bare hand before preparing food for your 17 kids?

        October 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |

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