FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — A YouTube video of a U.S. Army warrant officer actually working has gone viral, sources confirmed today.
In the 7-second video, a warrant officer is seen working diligently at a computer, which sits on a desk with a taped-over nameplate on it. The officer then prints what looks like a DA31 document — an Army leave form — and actually picks it up himself before taking it to a door which is labeled “XO.” The officer then opens that door and enters another room before the video ends.
“Working Warrant” has currently been viewed more than 17 million times by roughly seven million people, most of whom were assessed to be incredulous general officers and disbelieving privates first class from the armies of nearly 100 countries, according to experts.
The views came from such remote and distant locations as a gunnery range in Rwanda, northern Mongolia, and that one shopette at Fort Hood.
Sources say it's the second most-watched military-related video this decade, right after the well-known “Enthusiastic Motor Pool Monday Crew” clip from January 2012.
“It’s one of the more remarkable ‘launches’ we’ve seen in years," said one social media expert. "Although it’s not yet at the level of ‘Star Wars Kid,’ it will probably top ‘Sneezing Baby Panda’ in a day or two.”
According to defense officials, much of the U.S. military was stunned by the video, with barracks riots breaking out at Camp Lejeune, and a Navy warship crashing into whatever it is this time out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Additionally, sources noted that "Family Day” was cancelled at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD leaders apparently feared that the disruptive video would finally give Russia a chance to launch a sneak nuclear attack while American forces worldwide were in dismal disarray.
The warrant officer in the video did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Coworkers, Army civil servants and even a few general officers all reported that the officer was “across post for the day,” and that he — in some cases, “she” — would probably be deploying soon for a year or two anyway.