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Marine Tact and Navy Sensitivity

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    Years ago, a young Navy Pilot was injured while ejecting from his A-4
    Skyhawk due to engine failure during a catapult shot from the aircraft
    carrier, but due to the heroics of rescue helicopter and the ship's hospital
    staff, the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.

    Since he wasn't physically impaired, he remained on flight status and
    eventually became an Admiral. However, during his career, he was always
    sensitive about his appearance.

    One day, the Admiral was interviewing two Navy Master Chiefs and a Marine
    Sergeant Major for his personal staff.

    The first Master Chief was a Surface Navy-type, and it was a great

    At the end of the interview, the Admiral asked him, "Do you
    notice anything different about me?"

    The Master Chief answered, "Why, yes, Admiral. I couldn't help but notice that you're missing your starboard ear, and I don't know whether this impacts your hearing on that side."

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

    The next candidate, an Aviation Master Chief, when asked this same question,
    answered, "Well, yes, Sir. You seem to be short one ear."

    The Admiral threw him out, as well.

    The third interview was with the Marine Sergeant Major. He was articulate,
    extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Master Chiefs put

    The Admiral wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same
    question. "Do you notice anything different about me?"

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

    The Admiral was impressed, and thought to himself, 'What an incredibly
    tactful Marine'.

    "And how would you know that?", the Admiral asked.

    The Sergeant Major replied:

    "Well, Sir, it's pretty hard to wear glasses with only one fuckin' ear!"
    If it pays, it stays