The chief of staff of the US Air Force decided that he would personally intervene in the recruiting crisis affecting all of our armed services. He directed a nearby Air Force base that will be opened and that all eligible young men and women be invited.
As he and his staff were standing near a brand
new F-15 Fighter, a pair of twin brothers who looked like they had just stepped
off a Marine Corps recruiting poster walked up to them. The chief of staff
walked up to them, stuck out his hand and introduced himself.
at the first young man and asked, "Son, what skills can you bring to the Air
The young man looks at him and says, "I'm a pilot!"
general gets all excited, turns to his aide and says, "Get him in today, all the
paper work done, everything, do it!"
The aide hustles the young man off.
The general looks at the second young man and asked, "What skills to you bring
to the Air Force?"
The young man says, "I chop wood!"
general replies, "we don't need wood choppers in the Air Force, what do you know
how to do?"
"I chop wood!"
"Young man," huffs the general, "you
are not listening to me, we don't need wood choppers, this is the 20th century!"
"Well," the young man says, "you hired my brother!"
we did," says the general, "he's a pilot!"
The young man rolls his eyes
and says, "So what! I have to chop it before he can pile it!"