A young Naval Officer was in a terrible car accident, but due to the heroics of the hospital staff the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.

Since he wasn’t physically impaired he remained in the military and eventually became an Admiral. However, during his career he was always sensitive about his appearance.

One day the Admiral was interviewing three Master Chiefs for the Master Chief of the Navy position. Two of them were career squids and the third was a Marine. The first Master Chief was a submarine type. It was a great interview, at the end of the interview the Admiral asked him, “Do you notice anything different about me?”

The Master Chief answered, “Why yes. I couldn’t help but notice you
are missing your starboard ear, so I need to know whether this
impacts your hearing on that side.”

The Admiral got very angry at this lack of tact and threw him out of his office.

The next candidate, a Aviation Master Chief, when asked this same question, answered, “Well yes, you seem to be short one ear.” The Admiral threw him out also.

The third interview was with the Marine Master Chief. He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the other two Master Chiefs put together. The Admiral wanted this chief, but went ahead with the same question. “Do you notice anything
different about me?”

To his surprise the Marine Master Chief said, “Yes.You wear contact lenses.”

The Admiral was impressed and thought to himself, what an incredibly tactful Master Chief. “And how do you know that?” the Admiral asked.

The Marine Master Chief replied, “Well, it’s pretty hard to wear
glasses with only one fu***ng ear.”

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