Two members of the Phoenix Bronies are in the military. Tyler, a meteorologist at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson who declined to give his last name, says he knows three or four other Bronies on base.
"I wear my Brony T-shirts around the base a lot. That's how I let others know that I'm a Brony," he said, pointing to his purple-and-pink T-shirt. "I was apprehensive about the response I would get because military guys tend to be raw and macho. But I'm surprised at how many nerdy guys I keep meeting in the Air Force."
Michael Rice, an Air Force veteran of Afghanistan, disagreed about acceptance by his comrades in arms.
"I find it necessary to hide," he said. "The military is full of the alpha males who love looking for excuses to pick on others."
His military service is a primary reason why he's a Brony.
"My experiences in Afghanistan made me realize the value of humanity," Rice said. "Phoenix Bronies is a close-knit group, bound by friendship. And they're all wonderfully sweet people."