Friday, April 12, 2019

A Little Humor: A Seaman Recruit's Second Day At Boot Camp

While walking down a street in 1970 at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Center, commonly called "Boot Camp," I came upon an older man in uniform.

"How ya doin’?' I said in passing. 

"Sailor!" the man shouted at me as I walked by him.

As this was only my second day in Boot Camp, I wasn't sure if he was talking to me. No one had ever called me a sailor before. 

I turned around and said, "Are you talking to me?"

"Look at my uniform, young man," he bellowed.

"Don't feel bad," I said. "Look at the one they gave me."

Obviously exasperated, he cried out, "I'm an admiral!"

"Hey, that's a good job," I told him. "Don't screw it up."