Quick Thinking, Take 3


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The guard in Air Force basic training must check the ID of everyone who comes to the door. A trainee was standing guard when he heard a pounding on the door and the order "Let me in!" Through the window he saw the uniform of a lieutenant colonel and immediately opened up. He quickly realized his mistake.

"Airman! Why didn't you check for my authority to enter?"

Thinking fast, the airman replied, "Sir, you'd have gotten in anyway."

"What do you mean?"

"Uh...the hinges on the door...they're broken, sir."

"What? Show me!"

With a twinkle in his eye, the airman opened the door, let the officer step out and slammed the door shut.

"Airman! Open up immediately!"

"Sir, may I see your authority to enter?"

The airman was rewarded for outsmarting his commanding officer.

-- Ross Balfour

Provided Courtesy of Reader's Digest.
Ah reminds me of the time I stood guard and was told to check for IDs but it applied to certain individuals and not to others and... I was a Private then. Barely a week in at the unit. It was a very confusing assignment.
I guess that's all I should say. The rest would fall under opsec.