In the military, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines hate few things more than mandatory fun: events that are supposed to be fun, but attendance is required, not requested.
I missed today's mandatory fun, an all-day sports event called The Toilet Bowl. Faculty from the Defense Information School play football against the instructors. The services also have games--Army and Air Force versus Navy and Marines. There is barbecue for lunch.
The event begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. For Army students, attendance is mandatory. Air Force students could attend, but if not, they had a long weekend.
Guess who was happier.
Two Army students were excused from the event (You could say flushed from the bowl!). I did not have to go because my step-daughter's father's memorial service is tomorrow. Another sergeant had a suicide in his home unit.
Everyone else went to the TB.
I asked one of my civilian instructors if he was going to the Bowl. He said he would, but he is also a Navy veteran and remember mandatory fun with no small amount of pain. He said, "I am a civilian. I can take leave."