Okay, the next round’s on me!
Quick quiz: The troops in this photograph, clearly nervous and struggling, are…
a) …playing a variation on Russian Roulette and wondering what theyhave to do to win.
b) …coping with budget cuts by looking for something pointed to set off their artillery shells.
c) …bartending students, practicing proper cocktail shaker technique.
d) …an elite “Hokey Pokey” unit. You should excuse yourself before they “shake it all about.”
I guess it could be any of the above, but the caption tells us that in fact they are carrying out “an arm strength competition.”
Is that right? Because I can see where this is going. After about 20 minutes of stumbling around using every ounce of strength to hold up these heavy rounds, the next command these guys are going to hear from some officer is, “HAND SALUTE!”
Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army carry out an arm strength competition during a training session at a military base in Suining, Sichuan province September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer