Posted on Jun 30, 2014
CW2 Cbrn Warrant Officer
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From the time they knock on the door until they exit the board room, a Soldiers is assessed when he or she Reports to the board. Leaders are mainly looking for how the individual will react to a situation.

In an effort to create some awkward situations, many leaders come up with the craziest questions. What was the craziest question you have asked or been asked?
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1SG Company First Sergeant
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CSM: Did I see you with my daughter last night?

SPC: I didn't know you had a daughter CSM! Knowing good and well he was lying through his teeth. I sponsored that guy and he was recommended! LOL
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SSG Johnnie Vaughn, CQA, SMS
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1979, Brigade Soldier of the Month Board, 193rd Brigade: "When, if ever, will CHAMPUS pay for a sex-change operation?"
Me: "Excuse me, Sergeant Major, could you repeat the question?"
CSM: "When, if ever, will CHAMPUS pay for a sex-change operation?"

The way he asked the question, I knew there had to be some obscure situation where this could happen. From the start, I never believed in giving the old, "I don't know the answer to that question, but I'll find out and get back with you." I believed that if you knew any part of the question, you should answer confidently and try to make them believe you knew it. So I jumped in with both feet.

"Yes, Sergeant Major, in the event of a combat veteran who has sustained irreparable wounds to his private parts, and upon the approval of a board of qualified psychologists who recommend said surgery for the mental health... " About that time, I saw him crack a small smile and I knew that wasn't the answer, but I continued to finish the answer I had committed to. *MY* sergeant major tried to make it seem like I had come up with another scenario but I had made a fatal error. CHAMPUS was the "Civilian Health And Medical Plan for the Uniformed Services"... it didn't apply to disabled combat veterans. That would have been the VA.

The answer concerned a newborn dependent child with ambiguous genitalia, and which would basically have gender assignment surgery. There had to be a story somewhere about how that CSM came up with that question.

Although I missed the question, I ultimately won the Board that day. As the members of the Board moved down the line congratulating all of us on making it that far, and me for winning, that specific CSM paused while shaking my hand and said, "Vaughn, that was the best damn job of bullshitting I've ever heard."

Me: (Straight faced) "Thank you, Sergeant Major."
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SSgt Carpenter
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"If you were an animal, what one would it be"
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