By Leah Greenblatt
Updated April 30, 2010 at 04:20 PM EDT
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When in Rome, of course you must do as the Romans do. And when in Afghanistan fighting Operation Enduring Freedom, do, in your downtime, as Gaga does.

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division have posted their remake of her bonanza “Telephone” video, and considering their severely limited resources, it’s pretty ingenious—no Marlboro Lights eyewear or Miracle Whip, just duct tape, fatigues, and a plywood-and-garbage-bag set. Watch the boys getting k-kinda bizz-ay in the barracks:

What do you think, viewers? It may not have the production values of other recent “Telephone” parodies (or even the double-x chromosomes), but Mr. Big Stuff had me at the handclap/heart-pump at 0:54, and the whole scene goes pretty fearlessly Desert Storm Village People at 1:38.

The Smoking Gun reached out to the video’s poster, married 24-year-old soldier Aaron Melcher, who declined to answer questions, saying the video was only intended for friends and family, “and you can see that it has blown up way more than that … nobody in the video would like any further media coverage.” Participant James Conley (a.k.a. “Beyonce”) wrote on Facebook, “this is what people do with they free time in Afghanistan. Its crazy out here. And yeah i’m in it too.”

Considering the danger, tedium, and general stress these guys face over there every day, I applaud their use of extracurricular Gaga-based activities. “Just Dance” marines, you’ve been served.

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