One last class before graduation at the Naval Academy and the instructor gave the final assignment.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, you have been given one metal pole, two bags of cement, a selection of shovels, a wheel barrow, and other tools necessary, plus One Navy Chief, one Petty Officer and a selection of Seamen.
Describe the process you take to erect the pole so that a flag hung from it can be seen from X number of feet away.
You have two hours to complete this assignment.
The almost Ensigns began to write with concentration.
At the end of two hours, the Instructor called time and collected the papers.
Paging through the papers, he announced to the grades. "Ladies and Gentlemen, there are some thorough and detailed responses here, but only one response ranks an "A", I would like to read it to you. I predict that this young man will go far in his Naval Career."
"In order to erect the flag pole, I would do the following:
I would say, 'Chief, get the flagpole put up' and then I would leave the area."