The reason for SNCOs A young Marine Major meets with the Gunnery Sergeant in his office. He asks, "Gunns, how do you run such an efficient outfit? Are there any tips you can give to me?" "Well," says the GySgt, "The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people." The Major frowns. "But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?" The GySgt takes a sip of coffee, "Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle." The GySgt yells out to his Staff Sergeant. The SSgt walks into the room. "Yes, GySgt, what can I do for you?" The GySgt smiles "Answer me this, please.. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?" Without pausing for a moment, the SSgt answers, "Well, that would be me." "Yes, Very good, thanks" says the Gunny. The Major goes back to his office to ask all of the junior officers in his section the same question. "Answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?" All of the officers look at the Major in amazement, "We're not sure, Sir. Let us get back to you on that one." The junior officers then have numerous meetings and POAM's to discuss it without a resolution. Finally, they run into the Gunny, "Gunns! Can you answer this for us? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?" The Gunny yells back, "That's easy. It's me!" All of the officers smile, and say, "Thanks!" Then, they schedule a meeting with the Major, "Sir we found the answer, we did some research and we have the answer to that riddle. It's a Gunny." The Major gets up, and starts screaming at them, "No, you idiots! It's a SSgt!"