WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps is calling on active duty Marines and sailors to participate in its “Devil Dogs of Comedy” video contest, in which they can win a variety of valuable prizes.
The purpose of the contest is “to provide a successful and sustainable comedic video contest to showcase the talent of Marines and sailors and to foster unit cohesion through competition that builds teamwork, camaraderie and unit pride,” according to the MARADMIN announcement.
“Over the past few years, the Marines have expressed a desire to have more entertainment and competition,” Michael Brown, a Single Marine Program and Recreation Center specialist, said in a statement posted on the contest website. “We are trying to bring some fun to Marines and Sailors any way we can. Getting a good laugh can be a great way to ease stress.”
Each video submitted may include up to six Marines or sailors from the same unit performing a short 10 to 30 second skit. The performances will be judged based on creativity, originality, teamwork and comedic value. A Headquarters Marine Corps Single Marine Program judging panel will select up to 25 finalists from the submissions. The finalists will then be voted on by the general public to determine the winners.
The team that wins the grand prize will receive $5,000 toward their unit funds to support single Marines, and each of the participants from the winning team will receive a free Dell Alienware laptop. Each member of the second place team will get a $100 gift card that they can use at Marine Corps exchanges.
Interested Marines and sailors can enter the contest by uploading their skit to YouTube to create a URL, and then copying and pasting the URL into the Devil Dogs of Comedy video contest text field.
The Marine Corps said the videos must be “appropriate and conform to acceptable standards of decency, decorum and good taste based on Marine Corps values and morals.”
A complete list of rules and instructions may be found at www.leatherneck.com.
The contest entry period has already begun, and will end June 27. Public voting will begin on July 28 and end on August 8. The winners will be announced at the “For the Leathernecks III” event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on August 22.
The competition is being overseen by the HQMC Single Marine Program, and is being sponsored by Leatherneck.com, Axe, Dell, MCX, and DSTRESS.
If the contest proves to be popular, there may be more.
“If Marines like this contest, they should let their leadership know and we will try to do more of these kinds of events in the future,” Brown said.