Days after President Donald Trump announced he would be pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, a Marine first sergeant on the ground has refused to let any of them leave until "every swingin' dick" has filled out their leave chits, sources confirmed today.
"Hold on there, motivators. No one's going anywhere until you all have a daggum hour-by-hour safety plan in place," said 1st Sgt. Ray Thornton. "And there ain't no way in hell the CO will approve these chits until squad leaders have inspected every friggin' POV."
Thornton stressed to the Marines that anyone planning to travel farther from Syria than the allowed 200-mile leave boundaries would need to have a special plan in place and would need to call CENTCOM every 24 hours to check in.
"I signed the wrong block on my leave chit, and now I'm stuck in Raqqah by myself until after New Years," said Cpl. Ryan Payne. "This sucks!"
Within hours of Trump's announcement on Wednesday, Thornton had the entire formation covered and aligned by the border to prepare to leave, but they ended up being stuck there for days waiting for the armory sight count to be up.
"Count it again!" shouted Thornton, enemy artillery rounds falling around the Marines. "And who the hell submitted this roster as an Excel spreadsheet? I asked for a PDF!"
At press time, all troops had been recalled to Syria for an emergency police call to find a missing canteen.