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What a space cadet.
A US Space Force airman was demoted when was half an hour late for a fitness lesson — because he busy trying to buy a new PlayStation 5 console, Task and Purpose reported.
The military man was supposed to attend PT at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1, but when his superior sent a reminder 30 minutes beforehand, he responded that he was headed back home from his shopping trip to Target — and his home was 35 minutes away from his training, according to a written reprimand posted on the popular Air Force amn/nco/snoc Facebook page.
But it didn’t rattle the devoted gamer.
“Yolo, PS5 > letters of discipline,” the unnamed service member told brass, according to the letter, using slang for “you only live once.”
The flippant reply got the unnamed serviceman knocked down in rank from senior airman to airman 1st class, Task and Purpose said.
“You were late to work and insinuated to your supervisor that buying a PlayStation was more important to you than the disciplinary consequences of your actions,” the reprimand letter said.
“Your actions are an extreme deviation from the professionalism expected of you as a member of the armed forces.”
It’s unclear if the airman was able to actually buy the coveted PlayStation console.
A spokesperson for Space Delta 8 at Schrieve Air Force Base in Colorado, where the reprimand was filed, could not confirm the authenticity of the letter because there is an appeal process still pending, Task and Purpose said.
However, a spokesperson at the base told the outlet the formatting appears genuine.
The timing of the rebuke is also curious — it came just days after Space Force members trounced US and British military teams at a “Call of Duty” online gaming tournament.
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