Difference Between a Marine Officer and an NCO

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  1. 45nut

    45nut Active Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Difference Between a Marine Officer and an NCO

    A young Marine officer was severely wounded in the head by a grenade, but
    the only visible permanent injury was to both of his ears, which were
    amputated. Since his hearing wasn't impaired he remained in the Marine
    Corps. Many years later he eventually rose to the rank of major general. He
    was, however, very sensitive about his appearance.

    One day the general was interviewing three Marines, prospects for his
    headquarters staff.

    The first was an aviator captain, and it was a great interview. At the end
    of the interview the general asked him, "Do you notice anything different
    about me?"

    The young officer answered, "Why, yes, Sir, I couldn't help but notice that
    you have no ears."
    The general got very angry at his lack of tact and threw him out.

    The second interview was with a logistics Lieutenant, and he was even
    better. The general then asked him the same question, "Do you notice
    anything different about me?" He replied sheepishly, "Well, Sir, you have
    no ears." The general, now really pissed, threw him out also.

    The third interview was with a Marine gunnery sergeant, an infantryman and
    Staff NCO. He was articulate, looked extremely sharp and seemed to know
    more than the two officers combined. The general wanted this guy, and went
    ahead with the same question, "Do you notice anything different about me?"

    To his surprise the sergeant said, "Yes, Sir, you wear contact lenses."
    The general was very impressed and thought, what an incredibly observant
    NCO, and he didn't mention my ears.
    "And how do you know that I wear contacts?" the General asked.

    "Well, Sir," the gunny replied, "it's pretty hard to wear glasses with no
    f-----' ears."
  2. Old Grump

    Old Grump New Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Little hut in the woods near Blue River Wisconsin
    That is the man I want working in my office. Observant and calls it like he see's it. Sergeant Major material all the way.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Man. I know this is a joke, but every time I see something like this, I can't help but think, "Don't ask the question if you don't want to hear the answer".
  4. Shopnut

    Shopnut Former Guest

    Jun 13, 2010
    Pac NW
    I once asked an officer (my assistant division officer) if he knew the difference between an ensign (O-1) and a seaman apprentice (E-2). He said he didn't know. I told him "the seaman apprentice has been advanced once". His sense of humor seemed to be a bit lacking that day as he warned me that he was a master chief before he put on his butter bars. Har har.
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