(The following is from: Reader’s Digest – Canada 1997 June p. 157 HUMOUR IN UNIFORM) Contributed by T. M. Lywin
I overheard two soldiers attempting to stave off the gloom surrounding the final mass parachute drop of the Canadian Airborne Regiment at CFB Petawawa. “I’ve done that 128 times,” said the sergeant looking up at the descending canopies.
“Yeah,” added the sergeant major, “and I’ve got over 250 jumps.”
Then they both turned to a World War II veteran standing nearby. “How about you, sir,” the sergeant major asked, “how many jumps’ve you got?”
The old soldier blinked from behind a foot long row of campaign medals on his blazer. “Why, just the one, Sergeant Major.” he said, with a grin, “just the one.”
[In reality they had to do a number of qualifying jumps before going on a combat jump.]