April 9, 2007A young Marine Major meets with the Master Sergeant in his office. He asks: "MSgt, how do you run such an efficient outfit? Are there any tips you can give to me?"
"Well," says the MSgt, "The most important thing is to surround yourself
with intelligent people."
The Major frowns. "But how do I know if the people around me are really
The MSgt takes a sip of Gatorade. "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to
answer an intelligent riddle."
The MSgt yells out to his Gunnery Sgt.
The Gunny walks into the room. "Yes, MSgt, what can I do for you?"
The MSgt smiles "Answer me this, please.. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"
Without pausing for a moment, the Gunnery Sgt answers, "Well, that would be me."
"Yes, Very good, thanks" says the MSgt.
The Major goes back to his office to ask all of the junior officers in his
section the same question. "Answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"
All of the officers look at the Major in amazement, "We're not sure, Sir.
Let us get back to you on that one."
The junior officers then have numerous meetings to discuss it
without a resolution. Finally, they run into the Master Gunnery Sergeant, "Master Guns! Can you answer this for us? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"
The Master Guns yells back, "That's easy. It's me!"
All of the officers smile, and say, "Thanks!"
Then, they schedule a meeting with the Major, "Sir we found the answer, we did some research and we have the answer to that riddle. It's the Master Gunnery Sergeant!"
The Major gets up, and starts screaming at them, "No, you idiots! It's the Gunny!"