Posted on Nov 7, 2014
CPL Rick Stasny
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In 1991 I was asked who the leader of North Korea was. The only name I could come up with was Long Duck Dong. It was a good tension breaker. I still walked out with a 198 out of 200.

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I have a story from a soldier of the month board. One of the SGMs asked me a question and I didn't understand him, so I asked him to repeat it. He did, and I still didn't understand him. So, I had a choice ... ask him to repeat the question again, or ... just say, "I don't know, Sergeant Major." I took the easy way out and told him I didn't know. This was 1976 and he was asking something about President Ford. As I walked out of the board, he said to me, "There's a Ford in your future" (which was a popular commercial at that time). Bottom line, though, was that I won the board! All's well that ends well.
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SGT Richard H.
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All of my SGT board questions were pretty run-of-the-mill, and I answered them all. I actually got a max score from every board member except my own 1SG, who docked me 10 points for reasons still unknown...the end result was a 198, and I made SGT the next month. As CW5 (Join to see) said - all's well that ends well.
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SGT Richard H.
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LMAO...I'm not even sure why they would ask that question in 1991. North Korea was pretty insignificant then (unless you were in S. Korea at the time, then I get it)
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SGT Richard H.
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I went to the board maybe a year before that and no way I could have named the leader of N. Korea...I just hope I would have had the wit to come up with an answer like that.
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I was in Korea at the time on the DMZ. There was a lot of tension during team spirit because the rest of the military was involved in Iraq. There was a lot of concern the North was going to make their move. The leader of N. Korea becomes a lot more significant when you're trying to sleep and you can hear his voice on the loud speakers. I guess it's about perspective. 2ID 5/5 ADA
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SGT Richard H.
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PO1 (Join to see) now for THAT, I would understand it.
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CPL Rick Stasny
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There was a lot of saber rattling coming from them at that time. I guess it fell under current events.
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