SAD NEWS TO A TROOP
Captain called the Sergeant in. "Sarge, I just got a
telegram that Private Jones' mother died yesterday. Better
go tell him and send him in to see me."
So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation and lines
up all the troops. "Listen up, men," says the
Sergeant. "Johnson, report to the mess hall for KP.
Smith, report to Personnel to sign some papers. The rest
of you men report to the Motor Pool for maintenance. Oh
by the way, Jones, your mother died, report to the commander."
Later that day the Captain called the Sergeant into his
office. "Hey, Sarge, that was a pretty cold way to
inform Jones his mother died. Couldn't you be a bit more
tactful, next time?"
"Yes, sir," answered the Sarge.
A few months later, the Captain called the Sergeant in
again with, "Sarge, I just got a telegram that Private
McGrath's mother died. You'd better go tell him and send
him in to see me. This time be more tactful."
So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation. "Ok,
men, fall in and listen up." "Everybody with a
mother, take two steps forward." "Not so fast,