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75+ Top Military Jokes for Every Branch

No one knows their way around sarcasm more than our U.S. troops. Known to bicker and make fun of each other often, it’s likely that those in the military have a good sense of humor. Each branch has its own traditional jokes that have caused a lot of laughing for many years. Not to mention, when spending many hours deployed and away from home, telling jokes and connecting through humor is the best way to avoid the difficulty of real life. Discover the best military jokes with this expansive list that covers some old ones and some new ones to brighten your smile. Even those who work in relation to the military, such as the Department of Defense, or know someone that has served, are bound to find a few of these hilarious.

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Military Jokes for All Branches

These jokes are perfect for anyone in the military to laugh at. The list below includes humorous one-liners and stories that will make your military friends and family members laugh like never before. Even if you aren’t in the military yourself, try reading some of these out loud to someone you know in a particular branch and watch as their face lights up. Even better, have them explain the joke to you after and have a good laugh yourself.

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Military Foreign Lovers

Why do members of the military often marry lovers from the foreign countries they were deployed in?

When they come home, they get to leave their inlaws thousands of miles away.


How different military branches use the stars:

The U.S. Army sleeps beneath the stars.
The U.S. Navy uses the stars to navigate.
The U.S. Air Force chooses their hotels based on the stars.

Military Play on Words

Why does the military only allow dress shirts during ceremonies and events?

Civilian casual tees are absolutely unacceptable.

Military Secrets

My friend kept asking what my military rank was, but I kept telling him it’s Private.

Just Desserts

A cookie and a piece of cake joined the army, but eventually, they abandoned their fellow soldiers. Now, they are wanted for dessertion.

Believe Half of What You See

Why did the optometrist set his clock to military time?

He wanted to see 20:20.

Five Most Dangerous Comments

A military private saying “I learned this in boot camp…”
A military sergeant lieutenant saying “Based on my experience…”
A military captain saying “I was just thinking…”
A military warrant officer saying “Okay now watch this shit…”

Military Relaxation & Restoration

There was one particular sergeant that worried about everything possible. However, one day he came into the room whistling with a smile on his face. The other Sergeants noticed that he looked more relaxed than ever.

“What happened Sergeant? You seem in a good mood.”

He replied, “I’m paying a private to do all my worrying for me.”

“Well, how much are you paying him?”

“Two thousand dollars a week,” he replied.

“What? How can you afford that?!”

“I can’t,” he said, “but that’s his worry now.”

If You Could Have One Superpower…

An Air Force pilot says to a seaman, “You’re in the Navy but you can’t swim?”

The seaman replies, “Are you saying that since you’re in the Air Force you’re able to fly?”

Enemy Bar

What happened when a soldier went into an enemy bar?

He got bombed!

Gone Fishing

One day, the rain was pouring like crazy and a big puddle formed in front of a local pub just outside the Navy base. An old Marine Sergeant was standing near the edge of the puddle with his fishing line in a puddle. When a Navy fighter pilot saw this, he decided to approach the man and see what he was doing.

“Fishing,” the old Sergeant replied.

‘This poor old fool,’ thought the Navy officer, so he invited the old man inside to buy him a drink.

While drinking their beers, the smart-ass fighter pilot decided to ask, “How many did you end up catching today.”

“You the eighth,” the old Marine answered.

Military and Real Estate

One of the reasons the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines bicker so much is because they don’t speak the same language. For example, here’s what happens when each of them is told to “secure a building”.

The Army will post guards around the building.
The Navy will turn out the lights and lock all the doors.
The Marines will kill everyone inside and then set up headquarters.
The Air Force will take out a five-year lease with an option to buy at the end.

Collective Military Hardships

One day an airman, an Army soldier, and a Marine were talking about the hardships they faced during their last deployment.

Airman: “The worst was when the air conditioner broke in our tent and it was 110 degrees outside!”
Soldier: “No way, you guys had air conditioners?!”
Marine: “Wait, stop. You had tents?”


A drill sergeant yells at his young trainee, “I didn’t see you at camouflage training this morning, private!”

The private replies, “Well, thank you very much, sir.”

Stuck Like Glue

A general gets stuck in his Jeep on the side of the road. All of a sudden, a lieutenant pulls up, hops out, and asks “Is your car stuck sir?”

The general climbs out, hands his keys over, and slides into the lieutenant’s car before saying, “Nope. But yours is.”

Fighter Pilot’s War Cry

What’s the difference between a fighter pilot and a fighter jet?

The fighter jet stops whining once the engines are cut off.

Soldier’s Favorite Month

Which month do soldiers hate?


Good Grades

Why was the sergeant made when his son brought home an “A” in math?

His son had clearly focussed more on dividing rather than conquering.

U.S. Air Force Jokes

These military jokes about the United States Air Force are a mixed bag. Some are jokes that only the U.S. Air Force can understand while others are jokes made about those who are USAF members. Tell these quips to a friend in the service to give them a good chuckle.

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Air Force Bingo

How do you play Air Force bingo?


Don’t Be a Screw-Up

What do pilots and air traffic controllers have in common?

If pilots screw up, they die. If air traffic controllers screw up, pilots also die.

Center of the Universe

How many pilots does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Only one. He holds the bulb and then the world revolves around him to screw it in.

Pilot’s Vanity

How do you know when your date with a fighter pilot is halfway over?

He says, “Anyway, enough about me. Do you want to hear about my plane?”

Hunting Season

What do you call a deer that’s enlisted in the Air Force?

A Bombar(deer).

Talks the Talk

How can you tell if there’s an Air Force pilot at the bar?

Don’t worry, he’ll tell you.

God? Is That You?

What’s the difference between God and a fighter pilot?

God doesn’t think he’s a fighter pilot.

Personal Fan

What’s the purpose of a propeller?

It helps to keep the pilot cool. Don’t think so? Turn it off and watch the pilot start sweating.

Patriotism at its Finest

Which branch is the most patriotic?

It’s got to be the Air Force because they’re U.S. AF!

U.S. Army Jokes

Discover a funny military joke about the U.S. Army with this list. Everything from puns to some sarcastic one-liners are included in the Army jokes below to crack on an Army member you know and love.

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Spread Your Wings

Two PFCs are walking down the street and one of them says, “Oh look, a dead bird.” The other PFC looks at the sky and says, “Where? I don’t see it.”

Boy Scout for Life

What’s the difference between the Boys Scouts and the Army?

The Scouts at least have adult supervision.

Let’s Play a Game

Two Army second lieutenants started debating over certain distances. One started by saying, “Okay smartass, which one is closer, the moon or Florida?” The second responded by saying, “Obviously it’s the moon— you can’t see Florida!”

Hide and Go Seek

What do you call a second lieutenant surrounded by PFCs?


For the Win

Why doesn’t the Army football team have a website?

They can’t seem to string three “W”s together.

Play a Little Tune Maestro

If you drop a piano on an Army officer?

A flat major.

ARMY Definition

What does the word Army stand for?

“Aren’t Ready for Marines Yet”

Accidents Happen

Did you hear about the big accident on base?

A tank ran over a bag of popcorn and apparently, two kernels were killed!

Don’t Cry for Mama

If a baby joined the Army, where would they belong?

In the infantry.

Law and Order

Basic Army training rules goes as follows:

If it moves, salute it.
If it doesn’t move, pick it up.
If you can’t pick it up, paint it.

Ice, Ice, Baby

Why doesn’t the Army team have ice on the sidelines during football games?

The guy with “the recipe” graduated.

U.S. Navy Jokes

Members of the U.S. Navy are known to be a pretty sarcastic bunch. Scan the list below to find some hilarious military one-liners that will make your Navy friend laugh like crazy.

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Classic Game of Chicken

U.S. Navy Warship: “Please divert your course 0.5 degrees south to avoid a collision.”
Reply: “I recommend you divert your course 15 degrees south to avoid a collision.”
U.S. Navy Warship: “This is the captain of a U.S. Navy ship. I say again, stand down and divert your course.”
Reply: “No, I say again. You divert your course!”
U.S. Navy Warship: “We are a large warship of the United States Navy. Divert your course NOW!”
Reply: “This is a lighthouse… your call.”

Special Ties

What did one panicking sailor say to the other?

“Well, we’re all in the same boat.”

Sink or Swim

Two sailors were discussing which assignments they’d like to get. One stated they would love to work on a submarine. The other replied, “Not me! I wouldn’t set foot on any ship that intentionally sinks.”


What kind of grades do you need to have in order to join the Navy?

At least all seven C’s.

Seaman’s Salary

You would think that being a submarine captain would pay well, but I’ve heard that they can’t keep their heads above water.

Smooth Sailing

What do you call a snail that boards a Navy ship?

A snailor.

It’s Time to Break Up

My friend has a really toxic relationship with Navy vessels. She told me she ‘warships’ them.

I Can’t Hear You

Navy Pilot: “We’re flying faster than the speed of sound!”
Co-Pilot: “What?!”

Hot Stuff

What did the Navy dentist put on his license plate?


We All Live in a Yellow…

What’s long, hard, and full of seamen?

A submarine.

Leader of the Lazies

A senior chief prompted his 25 sailors by saying, “I have an easy job for the laziest man here. Put your hand up if you’re the laziest.”

24 men raised their hands, so the senior chief turns to the last man and says, “Why didn’t you raise your hand, sailor?”

The sailor replies, “It was too much trouble, senior chief.”

U.S. Marine Corps Jokes

Take a look at the military jokes about the U.S. Marine Corps below to find some hilarious quips. Remember them the next time you’re talking to a friend or family member that has served as a Marine because these jokes are bound to make them smile.

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Great Minds Think Alike

What’s the main mission of the Marine Corps?

Don’t let the Army get their feet wet.

Think Fast!

What do you call a Marine that has an IQ of 160?

A platoon.

Friendly Rivalry

I wanted to join the Marines but I fell just short of their requirements. So, instead, they put me in the Navy since I was a sub-marine.

Good Hygiene

A sailor and a marine are both in the bathroom peeing. When the sailor finishes up, he heads to the sink to wash his hands. When the Marine finishes up, he starts to head for the door. The sailor calls out and says, “In boot camp, they taught us to wash our hands after taking a leak.” The Marine replies, “In our boot camp, they teach us not to piss on our hands.”

Work it Out

What’s the worst thing you could say to insult a Marine?

“I thought you had to be in relatively good shape to join the Marines.”

Coast Guard Jokes

These one-liner jokes about the Coast Guard life are bound to make any Coastie crack up. Browse the list below to find a funny joke to tell one of your buddies.

  • You might be in the Coast Guard if people have looked at you and said, “The Coast Guard is part of the military?”
  • You might be in the Coast Guard if your child points to the ship and says, “That’s where my parent lives!”
  • You might be a Coastie if you head an HH-65 and don’t look up.
  • You might be in the Coast Guard if you claim to have every woman in the port, yet you’re at an ashore unit.
  • You might be a Coastie if you forget how to color coordinate normal civilian clothes after weeks of wearing only blue.
  • You might be in the Coast Guard if you think of Fridays as “field days”.
  • You might be in the Coast Guard if you abbreviate words so much that you forget how to spell them out.
  • You might be a Coastie if a cruise does not sound like a vacation to you.
  • You might be in the Coast Guard if your idea of aromatherapy is Simple Green and JP5.

USCG Definition

The real definition of USCG is “Uncle Sam’s Confused Group.”

Sign the Papers

What did the Coastie say when his friends asked why he was getting married?

He wanted to move out of the barracks as soon as possible.

About the author

Katee Fletcher

Katee’s passion for writing and fascination for language has forever guided her path in life.