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How Monster Energy Became The Military’s Favorite Beverage

Monster hosts events which are geared toward military members.

Monster Energy has gained a following with the US military.

Monster has a military-specific Facebook page with nearly 100,000 likes. The page features photos of service members in uniform lining up for free cans of the energy drink and photos from events advertising to soldiers.

Monster Energy is the top-selling cold beverage in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, public relations specialist Chris Ward told Business Insider.

The AAFES, the vendor service that sells merchandise to army and air force members, sold 3.3 million Monster beverages in the past year, Ward said. The military retailer sold 2.8 million units of Mountain Dew, the next-best seller.

Social media posts on Twitter and Instagram also affirm how popular Monster has become with soldiers.

Here are the top reasons Monster is so hot.

1. Energy drinks are a necessity.

Being part of the military usually means waking up early, running several miles, working long hours, and doing unit duties. Geoff Ingersoll, a former Business Insider editor who is now managing editor of the Marine Corps Times, said that he started consuming energy drinks in order to focus during his time in the Marines.

Other veterans and current soldiers told us that energy drinks are especially useful overseas because deployment often entails long, unpredictable hours.

2. Monster is cheaper than Red Bull.

“Red Bull is like the highbrow energy drink,” Ingersoll said. “Monster, even the logo, was a bit more in your face and significantly less expensive per ounce.” Many Privates and Sergeants are on tight budgets, and Monster offers significantly more product at a cheaper price. Monster’s 16 oz. cans pack twice the caffeine punch of Red Bull, with 160 milligrams.

3. Monster knows its audience.

While Red Bull is seen as a party drink, Monster markets to a more adventurous crowd.

In 2011, Monster sponsored a military tour with a freestyle streetbike team. The same year, Monster launched a collection of cans that honored US armed forces.

The brand also let Marines decorate one of the conference rooms at its headquarters in California.

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