darling navyThe Master Chief noticed a new Seaman one day and barked at him to come into his office.

“What is your name?”, was the first thing the Master Chief asked the new guy.

“John”, the new guy replied.

The Master Chief scowled, “Look, I don’t know what kind of bleeding-heart, liberal pansy stuff they’re teaching Sailors in Bootcamp today, but I don’t call anyone by their first name. It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my Sailors by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all.”

“I am to be referred to only as ‘Master Chief.’ Do I make myself clear.”

“Yes, Master Chief!”

“Good! Now that we got that straight, what is your last name.”

The new guy sighed and said, “Darling. My name is John Darling, Master Chief!”

“Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you is…”


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