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Ask A Public Affairs Officer (Ep. 1)

Ask a Public Affairs Officer is a semi-regular column highlighting the best and brightest in the public relations field: Military PAO’s, who specialize in dodging the tough questions, spinning the worst, and hoping for the best.

My fucking wife is sleeping with my best friend. I caught the two of them when I came home from work. What do I do?

Thanks so much for your question. Marriage is a wonderful and thousands-of-years’ old institution. Our military fully supports it, even in these trying times.

What do you make of these green-on-blue attacks happening lately in Afghanistan?

I’m honored to be among the men and women who make up our amazing military. Each and every day, they fight for freedom, mentor and support our Afghan partners, and help a grateful nation under the excellent leadership of President Hamid Karzai.

My barracks is completely screwed. There’s sewage seeping in everywhere. Toilets are broken. This place should be condemned. Will this ever be fixed?

For years, we have been improving barracks across the military and quality of life has gone up substantially. While many of our grandfathers may have had to live in tents, our troops today are lucky to be living in wonderful barracks with numerous amenities. They are practically like college dorm rooms.

I’m going to fucking kill myself right now. I’ll do it. I have a gun in my hand at this moment.

Suicide is of course one of the Department of Defense’s top priorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during the imminent mourning period. However, with the creation of our DSTRESS program, we hope to fight this troubling trend in the future.


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Sabotage PPK
3 years 3 months ago

As a former MPAD member, I approve these command messages. You’ve been brainwash– er, trained, well.

3 years 3 months ago

I’ve been a PA since ’97, you just summed up my career. Awesome!

3 years 3 months ago

PA, an occupation revolving around saying absolutely nothing of substance in 20 words or less.
PAO, one who says absolutely nothing in 100 words or less.

Lt. Butero-Trinkejo
3 years 3 months ago

Now for Lt. Butero-Trinkejo’s answers,
1) Join in it is okay if you and your best friend don’t look at each other in the eyes. Oh yeah and if your balls touch, you are automatically gay, but that is okay post DADT.
2) If you keep your crayons separated in the box like they are supposed to be then you should be ok…duh.
3) No, you should really look into getting married so that you can move out of the barracks. I do believe that there are plenty of strip clubs outside of the base with plenty… Read more »

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