Soldier's Disrespectful 'Selfie' Gets Her in Major Trouble​

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No matter how many people either get arrested or at least get a heap of scorn for posting stupid selfies, well, people are gonna keep on doing it! There is just something about showing off your antics, be they criminal or just inappropriate in nature, that seems to be irresistible for many. It's almost like it didn't happen if other people don't see it! The latest person to join the ranks of selfie stupidity is Army private Tariqka Sheffey, who posted a pic of herself on Instagram hiding in her car so she wouldn't have to salute the flag.

Sheffey captioned the pic:

This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag. KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.

Well, I hope she doesn't give a FFFF about the buttload of trouble she's gotten herself into. Reportedly, her superiors are investigating her lack of respect, not to mention the lack of actually doing her job. Yeah, maybe you don't want to salute the flag, but then why sign up for a job where you have to salute the flag? This would be like me refusing to type.

Also being investigated is Staff Sgt. Cherish Byers, whose picture of herself tongue kissing a POW MIA symbol also went viral recently.

Over at the Gorgeous Active Duty Females Facebook page, however, most who posted on a thread about Sheffey admitted to shirking flag duty occasionally or running from the barracks to avoid saluting a superior. But no one could seem to understand why she had chosen to brag about it on social media. Wrote one commenter:

Why would you snitch on yourself????

Why indeed? I have a few theories when people do these kinds of things on social media: 1) They want to get caught. People on the whole generally feel safer with boundaries, and sometimes they test them. They actually want to see if anyone is paying attention. 2) They have the "I'm special" mentality and think that somehow they are above it all and no one will actually dare to discipline them. 3) They are just generally unthinking and live in a kind of bubble where only the people they want to see things will see them.

I'm honestly thrilled that I didn't grow up in the age of social media because I can only imagine what teens and early 20s idiocy of mine would be floating around the web right now.

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Apparently somewhat humbled -- or at least worried -- about the uproar the pic caused, Sheffey apologized in a video, saying:

I seriously just want to say thank you to everybody who stood up to me today, like seriously. That shit to me was not serious. I am not a disrespectful soldier, and I really appreciate you all.

Maybe she was just having a little bit of a laugh and everyone has overreacted. But this is what growing up is about. Taking your knocks and dealing with the consequences of your actions.

Have you ever posted anything stupid to social media? What do you think about what she did?

Image via sheffeynation/Instagram

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sylph... sylph_ironlight

IDGAFFFF: I don't give a flipping flying flatulent frog?

bills... billsfan1104

She didn't apologize, at all. She is a disrespectful soldier and still it.

The time it took for er to take the selfie and post the comment, standing at attention, would have been over with.

Frost... FrostyMelted

If you're dumb enough to tweet this stuff, you kinda deserve whatever happens to you. Don't tweet nonsense and you won't get in trouble. 

Paws84 Paws84

She also said our tax dollars are paying for her to sit there. Let's not forget to mention that little bit in your article. Give her the boot. They're cutting troops left and right, may as well cut one that doesn't deserve to wear the uniform.


Her "apology" seems half-hearted and not very sincere and she only "apologized" because SHE got caught.  Her earlier post said she didn't give a "F" what anyone thought in the first place so she knew what she was doing.  Folks these days who come in the military trip me out by not reading the fine print when they sign thier name and take the oath.  They become PROPERTY of the military 24/7 and if they have problems with that concept, then DON'T GO IN THE MILITARY.  Simple as that.  She signed up for a reason--steady employement meaning steady paycheck, healthcare, education, certified skills, housing, traveling, tax free food and products.  Of course, all of that also entails doing stuff you don't want to do, such as deployment, recalls, following orders, going to places you wouldn't want to, separation from family, etc.  If she is kicked out for this little snafu, she will realize how much easier her life would have been if she just would have participated during retreat or better yet--STOP TAKING STUPID SELFIES AND POSTING THEM WITH DUMBASS CAPTIONS.

MrsLa... MrsLandon2012

A growing number of soldiers are disrespecting our nation and making our military look like a joke. It's embarrassing. These idiots should be kicked out, they're obviously in it for the wrong reasons.

Melissa Mulvihill Dotson

The Seven Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage.

Which of these was Pvt. Sheffy embodying when she ducked out of flag retreat?

It pains my heart to know there are service members dying to defend that same flag, for the same paycheck.

nonmember avatar Patricia

We don't need idiots in our military. I hope she gets her ass handed to her. She doesn't deserve to be in our military. What is the saying "lose lips sink ships" She obviously has no sense and she did this to herself.

BatMom. BatMom.

Scum..that's what she is. And for the clueless: it's not about freedom of speech. It's about honor and respect - two things this "soldier" clearly lacks.

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