Yep, you read the title correctly.
August 26, 2011
By Buck Sexton
Marines in Afghanistan have reportedly been told not to pass gas around Afghans to avoid offending the indigenous population
That’s right, now any leatherneck who lets one rip on patrol with Afghans nearby could receive a a talk from his superior officer.
A few military bloggers have taken it seriously and found the ban to be indicative of a trend among military brass of bending over backwards to avoid offending the locals.
Others have pointed out that a culture that has allowed stoning, various forms of execution, and amputations as penalties for criminal offenses should be able to withstand a little passed gas.
The new regulation is not covered in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the military has not even confirmed it exists.
For now, the “fart ban” appears to be simply a guideline for good manners while Marines are out on patrol.