The Army is now calling a COVID-19 cadence

82nd Airborne Division run
Photo credit Photo by: Sgt. Kissta M. Feldner
By Connecting Vets

Army cadence is a reflection of the service's history. Nowadays it may be a little more politically correct, but you might still hear some Jody cadence called on the back roads of military bases.

Cadences are replete with references to past battles in places like Bastogne and appeals to paratrooper culture. Most infantrymen are no doubt familiar with these cadences, calling them at places like Ardennes street on Fort Bragg while running in formation. Everyone knows the Airborne Ranger cadence for example:

"C-130 Rollin' Down the Strip, 64 Rangers on a one-way trip.

Mission Top Secret, destination unknown."

Now the Army is calling a new cadence that is reflective of the time that our soldiers are living through. It is a COVID cadence that is a little true, a little funny and kinda sad all at the same time.

"CO-RO-NA

COVID-19 

Ruined BCT for me 

Now they won't let me leave

We used to eat DEFAC

Then they took it back

But the Army cares for me

Hot As and MREs

CO-RO-NA

COVID-19 

Ruined BCT for me 

Now they won't let me leave

We had formation once

Dress right right and front

Then corona came to town

Six feet all around

CO-RO-NA

COVID-19 

Ruined BCT for me 

Now they won't let me leave

I had drill sergeants three

They used to frighten me

Now coronas going around 

Now they're all skipping town

CO-RO-NA

COVID-19 

Ruined BCT for me 

Now they won't let me leave

Looked forward to family day

Then they took it away

If your mood ruined too

You can be battle boo

CO-RO-NA

COVID-19 

Ruined BCT for me 

Now they won't let me leave

I had a ship date

Then they got delayed

Looks like I'll be stuck here

Probably whole career

CO-RO-NA

COVID-19 

Ruined BCT for me 

Now they won't let me leave/"

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