Watch: Military Hotties Under Fire for Thirst Trapping on Social Media

Sunday September 6, 2020

John Bland in a screenshot from a TikTok
John Bland in a screenshot from a TikTok  (Source:TikTok)

After a TikTok of two female soldiers dancing to Cardi B's "WAP" went viral last month, attention is being paid those in the military posting thirst trap videos with some considering them conduct unbecoming.

"This phenomenon has made its way onto the TikTok video-sharing platform in the form of 15- to 60-second videos, and even more specifically into the platform's military subculture," writes a report on Military Times. "And while the women seem to take the most heat for sharing "provocative" content, there certainly is no shortage of male service thirst trapping."

In the case of the "WAP" video, it was posted by user, "Kamrynvison01, who appears to be in the Army, is featured with a fellow soldier doing what a majority of TikTok users do: dancing to the most popular songs of the day," writes Military Times two weeks ago. But the song's explicit lyrics led some in social media to call out the women for a lapse in good conduct. "Others, however, suggested that the responses from military Twitter reveal deep-seated misogyny among leadership, including women in positions of authority."

As well as a double-standard between female military trappers and male ones.

Military Times calls the soldier in the above tweet named John Bland, (handle @notohkayjohn on TikTok) is perhaps one of the most "infamous military TikTok users. His account primarily features him partially dressed in uniform, staring off seductively while music plays in the background. In some of the more risqué posts, however, he can be seen suggestively grabbing his crotch or tugging at his underwear."

He has 5.1 followers to date, but is eclipsed in numbers by purported Marine Reservist, Garrett Nolan (as @garett__nolan) post similarly thirst-trap videos and has 6.3 million followers.

Garret Nolan in a screenshot from a TikTok

Late last year the Pentagon banned use of TikTok by the military, though that "ban only extends to formal military entities connected to a chain of command or formal military group, Army Col. Joe Buccino, spokesman for XVIII Airborne Corps told Military Times.

"With regard to conduct on TikTok, it's the same as conduct on any other platform," he said. "The governing document is under regulation 600-20, which is understandably vague on this matter.

However, Buccino notes, "A good way of thinking about this is if you would not say it in front of formation, you should not say it on social media."

"The Army's social media handbook in particular embraces a three-pronged approach when it comes to individual soldiers posting on social media in general: Think, type and post," writes the Military Times.

Check out Instagram thirst traps of Nolan and Bland below:

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