As the sun rose over Parris Island, the senior drill
instructor realised that one of his recruits had gone
AWOL, so a search party was dispatched immediately.
After a few hours, the recruit was discovered hiding
in some bushes nearby. He was sent back to the base
and promptly escorted to the drill instructor’s office.
The instructor asked the young recruit, “Why did you
The recruit replied, “On my first day here, you issued
me a comb and then proceeded to cut my hair off. On the
second day, you issued me a toothbrush and then sent me
to the dentist, who proceeded to pull out some of my
teeth. Finally, on the third day, you issued me a jock
strap… and I wasn’t about to wait around to find out
what would follow that, Sir.”