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ONLY in the military! (Author: Unknown)
A US Air Force C-141 is scheduled to leave Air Base, Greenland at
midnight. During the pilot's preflight check he discovers that the
latrine holding tank is still full from the last flight.
So, a message is sent to the base, and an airman who was off duty is
called out to take care of it.
He finally gets to the air base only to find that the latrine pump has
been left outdoors and is frozen solid so he must find another one in
the hangar, which takes even more time.
He finally arrives at the aircraft and is less than enthusiastic about
what he has to do. Nevertheless, he goes about the pumping job
deliberately and carefully (and slowly) so as to not risk criticism
As he's leaving the plane, the pilot, an Air Force Major, stops him and
says, "Son, your attitude and performance has caused this flight to be
late, and I'm going to personally see to it that you are not just
reprimanded, but punished."
The poor guy says, "Sir, with all due respect, I'm not your son. I'm an
Enlisted Airman in the United States Air Force. I've been in Thule,
Greenland for eleven months without a furlough, and reindeer are
beginning to look pretty good to me. I have one stripe, it's two thirty
in the morning, it's twenty degrees below zero and my specialty here is
to pump poop from an aircraft. Now just what form of punishment did you
have in mind?"