The untactful sergeant.

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The captain called the sergeant in.  “Sarge, I just got a telegram that Private Jones’s mother died yesterday. Better go tell him and send him in to see me.”  So the sergeant calls for his morning formation and lines up all the troops.  “Listen up, men,” says the sergeant.  “Johnson, report to the mess hall for KP.  Smith, report to personnel to sign some papers. The rest of you men, report to the motor pool for maintenance. Oh, by the way, Jones, your mother died—report to the captain.”

Later that day, the captain called the sergeant into his office. “Hey, Sarge, that was a pretty cold way to inform Jones his mother died. Couldn’t you be a bit more tactful next time?”  “Yes, sir,” answered Sarge.  A few months later, the captain called the sergeant in again. “Sarge, I just got a telegram that Private McGrath’s mother died. You’d better go tell him and send him in to see me. This time, be more tactful.”  So the sergeant calls for his morning formation. “O.K., men, fall in and listen up. Everybody with a mother, take two steps forward—not so fast, McGrath!”

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  1. his mother died, so he told everyone with a mom to step forward. McGrath’s mom died, so he told him not to step foward. That sergant is mean!

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