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Humor in Uniform


It was basic training, and I was seated in the barber chair bemoaning the impending loss of my hair when the barber asked, “Where are you from?”

“St. Louis,” I grumbled.

“Hey, I’m from St. Louis too!” he said. He then asked conspirato­rially, “Do you want to keep your sideburns?”

I perked up. “Sure!” With that, he revved up the razor, clipped off my sideburns, and gave them to me. As I left the barbershop with sideburns in hand, I heard him ask his next victim, “Where are you from?” “Chicago.”

“Hey, I’m from Chicago too!”

—Steve Finkelstei­n Plano, Texas

During KP duty, my sergeant ordered me to prepare 100 gallons of soup for that night’s dinner. When I told him I had no clue how to make soup, he handed me a cookbook and instructed, “Follow the directions carefully.”

Not long after, I had a large kettle of soup simmering. The sergeant came in, grabbed a spoon, and took a taste. “This is really good,” he said. “Are you sure you followed the recipe?” —Norman W. Middleton

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