FileTitle: Prose1335.html
Category: Humor
Type: Prose
Description: Military and Halley's Comet
A COLONEL ISSUED THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIVE TO HIS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS:

"Tomorrow evening at approximately 2000 hours Halley's Comet will be
visible in this area, an event which occurs only every 75 years. Have
the men fall out in the battalion area in fatigues, and I will explain
this rare phenomenon to them. In case of rain, we will not be able to
see anything, so assemble the men in the theater and I will show them
films of it."

EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO COMPANY COMMANDER:

"By order of the Colonel, tomorrow at 2000 hours, Halley's Comet will
appear above the battalion area. If it rains, fall the men out in
fatigues, then march to the theater where this rare phenomenon will take
place, something which occurs only once every 75 years."

COMPANY COMMANDER TO LIEUTENANT:

"By order of the Colonel be in fatigues at 2000 hours tomorrow evening.
The phenomenal Halley's Comet will appear in the theater. In case of
rain in the battalion area, the Colonel will give another order,
something which occurs once every 75 years."

LIEUTENANT TO SERGEANT:

"Tomorrow at 2000 hours, the Colonel will appear in the theater with
Halley's comet, something which happens every 75 years. If it rains, the
Colonel will order the comet into the batallion area."

SERGEANT TO SQUAD:

"When it rains tomorrow at 2000 hours, the phenomenal 75-year-old
General Halley, accompanied by the Colonel, will drive his comet through
the battalion area theater in fatigues."