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正是士兵

  作為一名新上任的步兵中尉,我通過擦拭自己的M-16式自動步槍給全排作個榜樣。我們一塊擦槍,一名戰士抱怨由於M-16的槍栓槍膛的特別凹形結構,擦起來十分困難。

  「中尉,應該製造一種擦這槍的工具。」士兵說。

  「已經製造出來了。」一軍士尖叫。

  「真的?」我十分詫異,納悶為什麼我們沒有定購這種工具。

  「真的,長官,」軍士答道,「它就是士兵。」

None Other Than a Soldier

As a newly commissinaed infantry lieutenant, I was eager to set an example for my platoon by cleaning my own M-16 rifle. While we were working on the weapons, one soldier complained about the unusual notched shape of the M-16's bolt and chamber, which makes it difficult to clean.

"Lieutenant, they need to make something to clean this with," the soldier said.

"They do," piped up a sergeant.

"Really," I said with surprise, wondering why we had not ordered such a tool.

"Yes, sir," replied the sergeant. "It's called a soldier."