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02-16-07, 12:35 AM #1
The difference between Marine Officers and Marine Staff NCOs
This was sent to me from a Sgt Grit e-newsletter. Since there are a few of us Jarheads in here I wanted to share!
A young Marine Major meets with the 1st Sgt in his office. He asks, "Top, how do you run such an efficient outfit? Are there any tips you can give to me?"
"Well," says the 1st Sgt, "The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people." The Major frowns. "But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?"
The 1st Sgt takes a sip of coffee. "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle."
The 1st Sgt yells out to one of his favorite Gunnery Sgt. The Gunny walks into the room. "Yes, Top, what can I do for you?"
The 1st Sgt smiles "Answer me this, please. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"
Without pausing for a moment, the Gunnery Sgt answers, "Well, that would be me."
"Yes, Very good, thanks" says the 1st Sgt.
The Major goes back to his office to ask all of the junior officers in his section the same question. "Answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"
All of the officers look at the Major in amazement, "We're not sure, Sir. Let us get back to you on that one."
The junior officers then have numerous meetings to discuss it without a resolution. Finally, they run into the Sgt Major, "Sgt Major! Can you answer this for us? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"
The Sgt Major yells back, "That's easy. It's me!"
All of the officers smile, and say, "Thanks!" Then, they schedule a meeting with the Major, "Sir we found the answer, we did some research and we have the answer to that riddle. It's a Sgt Major."
The Major gets up, and starts screaming at them, "No, you idiots! It's a Gunny!"
Searching for Evil and the Perfect donut (Love that book)
"It's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you"
There are gains for all our losses
There are balms for all our pain
But, when youth, the dream, departs
It takes something from our hearts
And it never comes again
"Captain, it is I Ensign Pulver. I just threw your damn palm tree overboard. Now, what's all this crap about no movie tonight?" -Ens Pulver in Mister Roberts
The man who will go where his colors go, without asking who will fight a phantom foe in the jungle and mountain range, without counting, and who will suffer and die in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to democratic America. He is the stuff of which legions are made. ...His pride is in his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to fit him for what he must face...and his obedience is to his orders. He has been called United State Marine.
T.R. Fehrenbach, This Kind of War
02-16-07, 12:39 AM #2
Ya gotta watch them 1SG's.
We are the thin blue line
and all the money in the world.
And no you can't have any.
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