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Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Master Chief Speaks . . 

Found today this on SteelNavy's Discussion Forum. A good couple of laughs; they transcend the individual service.

One day, the Command Master Chief was invited to the Officer's Club with the base CO to eat lunch. When they entered the main dining room, they found the place was quite crowded. They did notice three Lieutenants sitting at a table with two empty chairs, so the Captain asked them if they could join them.

They promptly invited them to join them. They ordered lunch and joined them in conversation as they ate. At one point, the Master Chief mentioned that he had observed characteristics about many officers from which he could determine the sources of their commissioning.

The Lieutenants were eager to hear about this and asked if he could tell how each of them had been commissioned.

The Master Chief turned to the Lieutenant on his left and said he went through ROTC. The Lieutenant confirmed that was correct and asked how he had noted this. The Master Chief replied that the Lieutenant, through his conversation, seemed to have a strong
academic background but limited military experience.

The Master Chief then told the Lieutenant on his right that he had gone through OCS with previous enlisted service. The Lieutenant confirmed that this was correct and also asked how he had determined this. The Master Chief said, again through his conversation, that the Lieutenant seemed to have a firm military background and a lot of common sense.

The Lieutenant across the table from the Master Chief asked if he had determined his source of commission. The Master Chief replied that the Lieutenant had graduated from the United States Naval Academy. The Lieutenant stated that was correct and asked if he had noticed his high level of intelligence, precise military bearing, or other superior qualities acquired at the United States Naval Academy. The Master Chief replied that it was none of these that led to his determination.

He had simply observed the Lieutenant's class ring while he was picking his nose.

And then . . .

The same Command Master Chief walked by the office of one of these Lieutenants (I'll let you guess which one) and overheard a rather boisterous argument between that Lt. and an Ensign. Upon seeing the Master Chief the Lt. invited him in and asked him to settle the argument.

The Lt. explained that after a comfortable two years of marriage he was of the opinion that making love was 10% work and 90% pleasure.

The Ensign explained that he was due to be married soon and was of the opinion that making love was 90% work and 10% pleasure.

The Master Chief needed no time to think about this. Looking at the young officers as only a Command Master Chief could, he explained "Gentlemen, the way I see it, making love has to be 100% pleasure. If there was any work involved, an enlisted man would be asked to do it."

Too true.
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