Thanks a Lot Sarge
The sergeant had just completed the morning inspection of the troops.
"Before I dismiss you, there's just one announcement. Private Kowalski, your mother is dead. Dismissed. "
The soldier was devastated, of course, and the lieutenant was appalled at the sergeant's heartlessness.
"For Heaven' s sake, sergeant, next time you have to inform a trooper of a loved one' s demise,please be a little more subtle," he said.
A few weeks later, sorry to say, the sergeant had another opportunity.
Lining up his troops, he ordered, "All of you whose mother is still alive, step forward. Not you, Johnson. "