U.S. Army Quoting Lana Del Rey Leaves Conservatives Outraged: 'Is This a Joke?'

The U.S. Army has been ridiculed by conservatives after a tweet quoting singer Lana del Rey caused confusion.

On Saturday, the U.S. Army Twitter page posted a picture of a woman crawling under barbed wire with the hashtag #SoldierSaturday.

The picture was captioned: "'Being brave means knowing that when you fail, you don't fail forever.'- Lana Del Rey."

The tweet was met with condemnation from some conservative commentators on social media, with many questioning why the U.S. Army decided to quote the "Video Games" hitmaker rather than someone with more of a background in the military or warfare.

"Is this a joke?," Ian Miles Cheong tweeted in response.

Conservative radio host Jason Rantz also tweeted: "Our Army is doomed if a Lana Del Rey lyric is supposed to bring in recruits."

Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra tweeted a quote from WW2 General George S. Patton as a comparison.

"'No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country,'-General Patton." he tweeted.

"The US army is now posting Lana Del Ray quotes. This is why Putin thinks we're a joke," U.S. House Republican candidate Desi Cuellar tweeted.

However, some social media users did not consider the Tweet an issue and insisted people needed to relax.

"This became a surprisingly controversial tweet. My hot take is this, Lana Del Rey is a great singer/songwriter and the US Army is a great army, and everybody should just calm down and enjoy their Sunday evening," psychology professor Geoffrey Miller tweeted.

Author Art Tavana also tweeted "Lana fans trolling the US Army" as he highlighted tweets made by the singer's fans making light of the situation and mocking the U.S. Army.

Newsweek has contacted the U.S. Army for comment.

Other social media comments suggested the U.S. Army is willing to attempt a variety of different strategies to gain new recruits.

Earlier this month, Newsweek reported on the U.S. Army's decision to increase the maximum enlistment bonus to $50,000 to recruits committing to six years of service.

This bonus has been implemented to bring in new recruits due to a reduction in membership for multiple reasons.

Major General Kevin Vereen highlighted that one of those reasons was the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down schools and preventing recruiters from having face-to-face contact with young men and women.

"We are still living the implications of 2020 and the onset of COVID, when the school systems basically shut down," he said.

"We lost a full class of young men and women that we didn't have contact with, face to face."

He added: "We're in a competitive market. How we incentivize is absolutely essential [...] that is something we know is important in trying to get somebody to come and join the military."

Stock image of a soldier saluting the American flag. The U.S. Army has sparked confusion with a tweet quoting singer Lana del Rey Getty images

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