Being in the US Army has been a real treasure and I've thoroughly enjoyed serving my Country. I am currently assigned to a Hospital Unit (Reserves) and a Liaison NCO. In my previous assignments I was a member of the 95th Division as an instructor for the Military Police Academy. Needless to say you guys/gals know that I have a sense of humor and never take myself seriously. Teaching the UCMJ can be quite boring and dry on occasions so I developed a PowerPoint slide to end one of my classes. The slide was a story explaining the difference between Officers and Sergeants. In my world Officers make the PLANS and Sergeants implement the PLANS. If you have served or/are currently serving enjoy! With that here is the story I presented to my class:
A group of Sergeants and a group of Officers take a train to a conference. Each Officer holds a ticket. But the entire group of Sergeants has bought only one ticket for a single passenger. The Officers are just shaking their heads and are secretly pleased that the arrogant Sergeants will finally get what they deserve.
Suddenly one of the Sergeants calls out: “The conductor is coming!”. At once, all of the Sergeants jump up and squeeze into one of the toilets. The conductor checks the tickets of the Officer. When he notices that the toilet is occupied he knocks on the door and says: “Ticket, please!”. One of the Sergeants slides the single ticket under the doors and the conductor continues merrily on his round.
For the return trip the Officers decide to use the same trick. They buy only one ticket for the entire group but they are baffled as they realize that the Sergeants didn't buy any tickets at all. After a while one of the Sergeants announces again: “The conductor is coming!” Immediately all the Officers race to a toilet and lock themselves in.
All the Sergeants leisurely walk to the other toilet. Before the last Sergeant enters the toilet, he knocks on the toilet occupied by the Officers and says: “Ticket, please!”
And the moral of the story? Officers like to use the methods of the Sergeants, but they don’t really understand them.