There is one manual in particular that has caught my attention. It's 115 pages of rules. Most of them are pretty boring (at least to me, since I don't need to know them). They are the basics of respect and protocol-- when to salute, how to properly greet someone, etc. There are some cool things, like how women are to be greeted first (so if greeting a large mixed group, you would say "Good morning, Ladies. Good morning, Gentleman").
But what I've found REALLY interesting are rules like these:
- Don't greet an officer while (s)he's using the bathroom. Can't you just picture a young trainee attempting to salute a Colonel while he is standing in front of the urinal?
- Don't sleep naked in government issued sheets.
- Don't print pornography from a government computer.
- In case of lightning, take the shortest route possible when walking to the dining facility.
- Don't say you are going to church and then skip the service to socialize outside the building.
- Don't talk on your cell phone while greeting an officer.
- Don't bring alcohol to training.
- Don't bring your pets to training.
- Don't walk around the training facility in a swimsuit.
You KNOW that every one of these has a story. I personally would love to know the ones behind the sleeping naked rule and the pet rule. I mean, who in their right mind would try to bring their pet?! Who would be stupid enough to sleep naked when you could be woken by a drill sergeant at any time?!
So have you heard any funny stories about crazy things people have tried to get away with at military training?