Have any military personnel ever interacted with a high ranking officer (maybe flag rank) and not realize how high-ranking they were? Did anything memorable happen during or after the incident?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 22, 2020 04:04 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 22, 2020 04:04 PM

So this actually happened just last year. Our barracks have a large workout area known as the ‘PT Pit’ just outside with pull-up bars, tires, ropes, logs, it’s actually really nice. It’s encouraged for Marines to use the pull-up bars as much as possible, getting a max score on pull-ups is an easy way to get past most PFTs. Marines there are authorized in the middle of the day if they are in their cammies to take off their blouses and covers into just ‘boots and utes’ and to crank out some pullups before carrying on with the day.

Any time I walk by the pit I crank out a max set. One day I was doing this on my way to lunch, some boots were messing around with the tires behind me. I was in the process of buttoning my blouse up when I looked up I had locked eyes with a 2-star General, my senior most commanding officer. I had never really talked to him in person before and I panicked, the boots behind me were waiting for me to set an example of how to act. For context we were told Marines do not need to render a salute or honors while using the PT pit, other than colors, so it was kind of a safe haven from Officers.

The General could see me hesitate, with a half buttoned blouse and no cover, and asked me how I was enjoying the Pit. I responded “Good Morning Sir! (It was 1300) Loving the Pit Sir!” and I kid you not, I raised my god damn arm in a salute (Marines don’t salute while uncovered or while conducting PT). He returned the salute and turned away and I could feel my face turn red. Probably one of the most embarrassing moments of my career.

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