An Army paratrooper has been punished with 12 extra days of duty after a selfie with his fish.

Spc. Matthew Tattersall wanted to make his last jump memorable, so he brought along his pet fish, “Willy MakeIt.” He snapped a selfie, which went viral on social media.


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As a result, his superiors tacked on 12 more days of duty. But that hasn’t upset Tattersall, who acknowledges that his punishment could have been far worse.

The Army Times reported:

"The way I see it, if you do the crime, you'd better be willing to do the time," Tattersall said. "They certainly, if they absolutely wanted to, the punishment could have been far worse, so I'm not upset about anything. I understand that there were going to be consequences for it."

Tattersall, who had already written a 1,000-word essay about the importance of airborne safety and professionalism in the Army, also could be bumped down to E-3 if he breaks any more Army regulations.

"If I make one mistake, they take my rank," he said. "They tossed me a bone when it comes to not taking my rank."


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Tattersall’s battalion commander told him that the jump with his fish wasn’t safe. Rob O’Neill echoed that sentiment today on “Outnumbered,” explaining that any extra gear can cause a malfunction when jumping.

“I’m a big believer that in the military, nobody outranks safety,” he said.