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Almost 1.3 million people are currently enlisted in the United States Military. Beyond service for the U.S., you can also find them creating great videos, trending military TikTok, on and off duty. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, check out some great military TikTok trends circling the internet featuring these Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps members.
To better educate yourself, the academies that exist under the umbrella term “Military” include:
- Air Force Academy
- Military Academy
- Coast Guard Academy
- Naval Academy
- Merchant Marine Academy
Mission POV Videos
Andrew Barger (@andrewbarger11)
An active member in the US Navy, Andrew’s page posts videos sent to him by other members of the Navy, providing a POV look into the various tasks and missions Navy sailors might carry out. The action packed content is filled with helicopters and aircraft carriers, showing a perspective that most people don’t get to see.
Cadet life at US service academies
Baron Boot Boys (@baronbootboys)
This group of cadets at the United States Air Force Academy provides a look into life at a service academy. They post trending content just like everyone else (i.e. popular TikTok dances like “Savage” and “Renegade”), but they’ll add twists by taking the opportunity to show off their uniforms and campus/base. While they are all officers-in-training, cadets are still college students, and the Baron Boot Boys remind civilians that even the country’s finest need goof off now and then.
Hannah Miller (@hannahmiller.10)
Nothing pulls at the heartstrings quite like watching a military homecoming video (there’s even a website dedicated to homecoming videos). The reunion of a soldier and their loved ones is a humbling reminder that members of the military and military families make honorable and difficult sacrifices every day. This military TikTok trend is sure to bring a tear to your eye and pull at the heartstrings, so before you scroll through the #militaryhomecoming tag, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.
Sam Eckholm (@sameckholm)
The US Air Force has some of the most impressive airplanes and pilots in the world, and talented pilots that fly them. Sam Eckholm, Public Affairs Officer for the F-22 Raptor demo team, posts videos showing off some of the aircrafts that the US Air Force uses. This military TikTok page gives an up-close look into the art of flight and the work that’s done on the ground.
|Aircraft Type||Purpose||Top Speed (mph)||Wing Span (ft)|
|F-22 Raptor||Stealth tactical fighter||1,500||44'|
|C-5 Galaxy||Military transportation||579||223'|
|T-38 Talon||Supersonic jet trainer||858||24' 11"|
Demi Bagby (@demibagby)
In order to join the military, one must undergo notoriously intense physical and mental training that is not for the faint of heart. Watching people go through challenging and exhausting training exercises seems intimidating, but hundreds of thousands of people endure the regimented training process to ensure peak fitness and strength, which will help them be successful while in the military. Want to train like a soldier? Here’s a link to an Army Physical Training Guide published by the official Army website.
Alex Kowtun (@alexkowton)
Cockpit POV’s are one of the wildest military TikTok trends –– watching a pilot withstand incredible g-force while flying a jet upside down, sideways, and straight up at a 90˚ is thrilling and nauseating at the same time. The technical skills needed for pilots to fly jets with such precision requires intense training… and a strong stomach.
|Boeing X-37||Mach 25|
|MiG-25 Foxbat||Mach 3.2|
|F-15E Strike Eagle||3,017 mph|
|MiG-31 Foxhound||2,993 mph|
|Sukhoi SU-27||2,496 mph|
*Mach – speed of plane relative to the speed of sound (Mach 1 = speed of sound)
Women represent a small percent of the military, but their efforts and strength are no less valuable. This military TikTok trend where women wear their uniform and then switch into a fashionable outfit highlights the beauty of both their strength and femininity.
Papa Jake (@storytimewithpapajake)
TikToks that honor veterans are a touching way to share veteran stories with younger generations who use the app. Short videos remembering a veteran’s service is a simple way to spread messages of hope and respect. Papa Jake (@storytimewithpapajake) has an account run by his granddaughter where he shares stories from his time serving in World War II, and he talks about everything from D-Day to how he met his wife during the war.
Good to know → Here is the proper terminology for members across military branches*:
*Names vary depending on the person’s ranking within the branch