A young Naval Officer was in a terrible car
accident, but due to the heroics of the
hospital staff the only permanent injury
was the loss of one ear.
Since he wasn’t physically impaired he
remained in the military and eventually
became an Admiral.
However, during his career he was always
sensitive about his appearance.
One day the Admiral was interviewing two
Navy Master Chiefs and a Marine Gunnery
Sergeant for his personal staff.
The first Master Chief was a Surface Navy
type and it was a great interview.
At the end of the interview the Admiral
asked him, “Do you notice anything
different about me?”
The Master Chief answered, “Why yes. I
couldn’t help but notice you are missing
your starboard ear, so I don’t know
whether this impacts your hearing on that
The Admiral got very angry at this lack of
tact and threw him out of his office.
The next candidate, an Aviation Master
Chief, when asked this same question,
answered, “Well yes, you seem to be short
The Admiral threw him out also.
The third interview was with the Marine
Gunnery Sergeant .
He was articulate, extremely sharp, and
seemed to know more than the two Master
Chiefs put together.
The Admiral wanted this guy, but went
ahead with the same question.
“Do you notice anything different about
To his surprise the Gunnery Sergeant said,
“Yes. You wear contact lenses.”
The Admiral was impressed and thought to
himself, what an incredibly tactful Marine.
“And how do you know that?” the Admiral
The Gunny replied, “Well sir, it’s pretty
hard to wear glasses with only one ear.”