The National Guard Are Apparently All Over Washington D.C. Tinder

With the increased National Guard presence in Washington D.C. for President-elect Joe Biden's impending inauguration, Tinder is apparently flooded with Guard Soldiers who are looking for love in the nation's capital.

One TikToker pointed out that there's been a sudden influx of men in uniform on the dating app by sharing a handful of screenshots of young men in camouflaged army uniforms. In her video, the TikToker called it a "rare aesthetic" and set the montage of profile pics to the tune of "Crimewave" by Crystal Castles.

Aside from their outfits, the men shown in the TikTok seem to have relatively normal dating profiles, sharing hobbies such as traveling or video games. Two people in the video have "Medic" listed as their job, though, and one even made a joke about it: His bio reads, "Hot enough to stop your heart, skilled enough to restart it."

Another TikToker with the handle @eev02 noticed the same sort of uptick of servicemen on Tinder, and recently posted a clip that shows military members' profile pictures, set to the tune of "Halo" by Beyoncé. She joked about a potential first date they might share. "[T]hey boutta invite me to have a sleepover in the capital [sic]," the TikToker joked in the video's caption.


they boutta invite me to have a sleepover in the capital ‼️‼️ #fyp #coup #tinder #dancermary15 #greenscreen

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It's not just TikTok users who have commented on this apparent trend, though. Sports Illustrated editor Sarah Kelly tweeted out a joke about seeing four times more photos of men who like to hunt or fish on the app.

A few other people simply wrote on social media that the National Guard now account for the majority of their potential suitors on the app, saying that the app was now "just the National Guard." One person joked that she could probably get married soon, riffing on the idea that people in the military typically get married very young.

Also my search settings are ages 31-42 but the app is showing me mostly 29-year-olds?

— Sarah Kelly (@thesarahkelly) January 18, 2021

I could get married by tomorrow

— yasmin (@policyfailure) January 18, 2021

sooo are we gonna talk about the insanely high proportion of army & national guard ppl on DC tinder rn

— ruby 🤸🏼‍♂️ (@bethecowgrrrl) January 18, 2021

Someone else on Twitter said that even though she's just outside of D.C., she's still seeing a lot of National Guard members on the apps. (She also added that she thinks the men in uniform should be dedicating their time to their duties, rather than trying to hook up.) Another person wondered if there were also more servicemen on Grinder and Hinge. While it's not clear if there are a ton of National Guardsmen on those other apps, one person tweeted about seeing some on Bumble.

being in Bethesda is okay until u open tinder and realize the national guard is rly horny when they should be out “protecting” our “democracy”

— k8y (@Kjoschneidzz) January 18, 2021

tinder in dc is basically national guard guys. Wonder what Grindr and Hinge are...

— Publius (@PubliusValeriu7) January 19, 2021

I need to disable my bumble account until after the inauguration...the national guard is in DC and now there are WAY too many attractive men within my search radius. Which would be amazing but I know they’ll just break my heart and leave me😫

— Shannon Bishoff (@Shananigans92) January 17, 2021

With about 20,000 members of the National Guard being deployed to D.C. to secure the upcoming inauguration ceremony, it's not that surprising that some of them would show up on dating apps. Recently, the popular Instagram account Overheard District collected and shared screenshots of dating profiles from supporters of President Donald Trump who were in D.C. for the pro-Trump rally that eventually led to the riot at the Capitol building.

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