The Whiskey Locker

Story By Nicole McFarland, Defense Media Activity

The Navy has a scuttlebutt; the Army has a latrinegram. I’m not quite sure what the Air Force has, a Starbucks maybe?

And the Marines have the whiskey locker.

By now, you’ve probably deduced I’m talking about what civilians would call a water cooler, the place at work where people gather to gossip, catch up on news and find out what’s been going on in the office.

The whiskey locker in the Marine Corps is technically a closet in the barracks that contains cleaning supplies, but over the years the term “whiskey locker” has become synonymous with a gathering place for Marines to find out the latest news and information.

And now it’s a show.

The Whiskey Locker is the Marine Corps’ new web show. We’re trying to be more interactive and reach the junior troops in a way that they consume news and information,” said the show’s producer and host, Sgt. Todd Hunter.

Before you get bored and stop reading here, this isn’t news from a talking head expecting you to sit down and listen up. They want to hear from you.

The video is published exclusively on the Marines’ official Facebook page and YouTube channel, where they’re encouraging Marines give feedback about the show and ask questions they want to see answered on the program.

“That’s where we’re going get what we call mail call, hopefully that’s going to be where we get some of those [questions] from. That way we can directly address people, and people are more inclined to watch something if they know that they can be involved in it,” Sgt. Hunter explained.

So, why should you tune in every payday to watch it?

Because it’s “…Tosh.0 meets The Daily Show meets [Sgt. Hunter paused here, I assume because he was trying to find the right word to describe] military public affairs.”

Catch the first episode below:

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  • craig_22302

    While I admire the humor, I do not admire the production costs and the tax on personnel. WIth sequestration and its associated furloughs and budget reductions, I do not feel that we are being good stewards of our tax dollars. News is one thing, entertainment and fun is another. Seems like a lot resources wasted to produce a product that reaches a very small audience and serves very little purpose. Other than captive audiences overseas that have limited viewing options, such DoD television endeavors are seldom viewed, especially by service members. I’m more apt to CSPAN or PBS. Put these Marines and other service members back in the fight where they are needed.

  • Yut96863

    I’d have to agree. I always thought base papers were a waste of manpower