As my regular readers know, I keep a running log of timeless remarks blurted out in the open. I feel it is my duty to record these for posterity lest they be lost for all time. The intuitive wisdom gleaned from these sages should be preserved so that future generations can ignore them.
I recently returned from a conference of senior leaders in my regiment. I’m always enlightened by their various insights into the military mind.
It is said that recognizing you have a problem is the first step towards recovery:
“That idea makes too much sense to be a plausible course of action.”
“I learned as a 2nd Lieutenant that ‘special trust and confidence’ is a bumper sticker.”
Concerning military education:
“You’re drinking from a fire hose, but you’re hydrated.”
It’s good to be king, no matter the pay:
“I willfully ignored that order and I’m still in charge.”
During the conference one of the topics was the Expeditionary Force of the 21st Century. One of the very first slides showed a map of the globe and its various crises. The speaker’s discernment of the overall situation was brilliant.
“As you can see from this slide, the world is a shitty place.”
Tact is the art of telling superiors they are dead wrong without creating offense:
1stSgt: “Sir, I’m making a coffee run. Want anything?”
Officer: “Yeah, get me a triple caramel mocha esspresso.”
1stSgt: “Right, one large cock in a cup. Got it.”
On the other hand, what’s a day in the Corps without a little offense?