ep 16: Knuckleheads

Internet porn hits home; Basic training and intro to military discipline; M16 necklace; Marching and airplane-watching; Gun-wielding drunk-driver on base; The EEO freeze; Busted, promoted, then busted again; The man with $200 in his pocket; Honey? Did you do something wrong?; Pushup Ninja; The Black Flag; Follow the matrix; Clap for the Air Force Song, dammit!; Why Chief Hanks is right; and The Shirt said to sweep the parking lot.

In this episode we share some stories about some of the discipline issues we’ve encountered in our 50-years of combined military experience. “Knuckleheads” have been around the military since the 1940s and were the subject of famous “Don’t” posters warning others not to be stupid with messages like this…

Everything Knucklehead does is wrong and ends in disaster. He endures one spectacular crash after another so that the students at the Gulf Coast Air Force Training Center may profit by his mistakes, and it looks now as if there will be no let-up in his agony. [“Life,” May 25, 1942]

And to this day, in every unit on every base in every military service, you’ll still find a Knucklehead who’s misdeeds and mistakes only serve as a warning to others. He (or she) also makes for some funny stories.

Still, this episode is more than just stories about Knuckleheads and their screw-ups, it’s also a bit of insight into our leadership philosophies. It’s how we moved people and organizations from ‘Point A’ to ‘Point B’.

It’s how we brought a little tradition back into the singing of the Air Force Song…

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