Men. There’s nothing manlier. Except, that is, for men in the army. They’re the manliest of them all. You know why? Because men in the army don’t go to baby showers!

That, at least, is what one soldier was told when he submitted his leave application for just such an event. It was first shared on Reddit and since then it’s been viewed more than 8 million times on Imgur. But it isn’t so much the soldier’s rejection that people are interested in: It’s his epic response to the situation. Because instead of accepting defeat like a big sissy, this guy manned up to deliver the most manliest of manly responses. Take a look below to see for yourself. Whether or not it worked, we have no idea. All we know for sure is that this guy is a legend.