HOW TO GET A WEEK-END PASS FROM YOUR COMPANY COMMANDER

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HOW TO GET A WEEK-END PASS FROM YOUR COMPANY COMMANDER

By Sgt. F.A. Peterson

Walk boldly up to the office of the first sergeant. Catch him off guard, especially when he is busy figuring out pay rolls, rations, KP, and guard duty rosters.

“Hey, bud,” you drawl, “how about a week-end pass?”

This method comes as such a shock to the sergeant that he will stammer, “Week-end pass? Sure. How about a three-day? Or a five-day?”



company commander weekend pass

Drawing by Walt Owen, from Camp Grant

Your pass is recommended and you must now approach the company commander.

Walk boldly to his office, repeating to yourself, “He is only human, shucks, he is only human.”

You knock on the door. It is a weak, ineffectual knock. Consequently you get no answer. The lieutenant thought it was his secretary cracking her gum. Knock a little harder. A muffled voice reaches you. You don’t understand what it says, so you hesitate. Then you think maybe you had better call the whole thing off. Then suddenly the door opens, and standing in front of you is the lieutenant.

There is a lump in your throat. Your right knee begins to quiver, and your scalp begins to prickle.

You fling a salute that almost tears your nose off.

“Sir, the lieutenant has the permission off—“

No, you fool, that wasn’t right. Quick, quick, the lieutenant is waiting. He’s scowling.

Only he isn’t scowling at you. His thoughts are far away.

Finally you blurt, “Sir, the sergeant says to see you, if I can get a week-end pass, sir.”

Your heart stops for a minute. Your blood pressure drops to zero minus. You wait.

At last the lieutenant looks at you. “A week-end pass? Sure. Come on in and I’ll fix it up.”

See, that wasn’t hard, was it?



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