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Zero

Zero Head

Everyone knows someone like Zero who is not quite with it. His name is a clue to his IQ. Zero may be dense and uninformed, but he is not totally hopeless as a soldier. He always tries his best.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 23, 1953.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 23, 1953.

We get letters occasionally that accuse us of making fun of mentally challenged people. This, of course, is not our intention. Zero wouldn’t be in the army if he were unqualified.
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Top Sergeant Snorkel

SargeHead

Top sergeants have been called the backbone of the army. G.I.s refer to them as a lower part of the anatomy. They make a fetish out of being tough but can often be silly or softhearted in their private lives. Most of them are career army types who are so immersed in military life they think a civilian is an alien species.
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G.I. Bailey

Beetle Bailey daily strip, April 7, 1955.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, April 7, 1955.

Beetle Bailey represents the typical downtrodden G.I. Joe (G.I. stands for “government issued,” which is the degree of anonymity most G.I.s feel). They’re herded like cattle, treated like dirt and praised for being the protectors of our freedom…which they give up the minute they join the Army. Their duty, as they see it, is to work as hard as possible to avoid work…then stay up all night having fun.
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