Monday, March 17, 2014

Military Tact and Courtesy

From Pat Hines:

Be observant.

A young Army Officer was in a terrible car accident, but due to the heroics
of the hospital staff the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.
Since he wasn't physically impaired he remained in the military and
eventually became a General. However, during his career he was always
sensitive about his appearance.

One day the General was interviewing two Warrant Officers and a Sergeant Major

for his personal staff.

The first Warrant Officer was a Walking Warrant experenced in Maintenance Operations.

It was a great interview.
At the end of the interview the General asked him, "Do you notice anything
different about me?"

The Warrant answered, "Why yes. I couldn't help but notice you are
missing your right ear, so I don't know whether this impacts your
hearing on that side."

The General got very angry at this lack of tact and threw him out of his

The next candidate, an Aviation Warrant, when asked this same question,
answered, "Well yes, you seem to be short one ear."

The General threw him out also.

The third interview was with the Sergeant Major. He was articulate,
extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Warrants put
together. The General wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same

"Do you notice anything different about me?"

To his surprise the Sergeant Major said, "Yes Sir. You wear contact lenses, Sir."

The General was impressed and thought to himself, what an incredibly tactful
soldier. "And how do you know that?" the General asked.

The Sergeant Major replied, "Sir, it's pretty hard to wear glasses with
only one f*ckin' ear, Sir.""

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