Mechanical Breakdown


A Infantry General was visiting troops in Europe. Since he was a General officer, and thus very important, he was given a chopper with a warrant officer to fly it to ferry him from unit to unit. They had been visiting units most of the day and the General came back to the chopper only to see the engine torn apart and the warrant deep in the inner workings of the chopper. The general asked the warrant what was wrong and the warrant, as warrants do, launched into an extremely complex and detailed technical explanation of exactly what was wrong with the engine. The general listened to him for a couple of minutes and then said “Stop! Now Chief, you’re paid for your technical expertise and skill, and its obvious you have that, but the other thing you need to do is to be able to communicate to others what’s wrong in terms they can understand. Now what I want you to do is to tell me what’s wrong with that chopper in words I can understand”. The warrant thought for a moment and then got a big grin on his face.”OK General”, he said, “I think I can do that.” Then the warrant officer turned around, pointed at the helicopter, and grunted “UGH, BROKE!”

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