Been wondering of late why TV and movie writers can’t seem to create anything worth the paper it’s written on? It’s because real life is more fantastic than the made up stuff by far. Was hanging out with some of my fellow 1stSgts recently and was regaled with a story too good to be made up.
It was fine spring morning in the Company Headquarters when a young Marine marched smartly to the 1stSgt’s office asking to speak with him. The good 1stSgt, relishing the opportunity to interact with one of his troops, invited him in.
Marine: “Good morning 1stSgt, I’d like to take a week of leave.”
1stSgt: “Sure. What’s going on?”
It was a fair question. Often Marines request to take some leave to attend a buddy’s wedding, family reunion, sibling’s graduation, or other milestones we often miss while otherwise deployed and bayoneting the forces of evil. As leaders we kind of like to know what’s going on in our Marine’s lives.
Marine: “I need to waste this dude back home. He’s been messing with my mom.”
Marine: “Should be able to take care of it in about three days or so. I just need to handle my business.”
1stSgt: “Are you kidding me?”
Marine: “Well, I didn’t want to go UA [AWOL]. So I figured I’d ask to take leave first.”
1stSgt, reaching for the phone: “The SgtMaj is never going to believe this.”
It’s a scene you’ll never see on TV. I guarantee it.