A young officer was on his round when one of the riflemen did not notice him and missed saluting him.
The youngster got cheesed off and summoned the riflemen and asked him the reason for not saluting him. The riflemen innocently gave out the reason that he did not see Lieutenant. The youngster not convinced, punished the riflemen to a *thousand salutes*. The soldier immediately started saluting...
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw who was passing by asked the youngster as to what was happening. The youngster said, *Sir, this soldier had the audacity of not saluting me*. So I have punished him with 1000 salutes."
Sam replied, *Bloody good punishment young man, but ensure that you return each of his salutes*
For the next two hours the unit was treated to a scene of a Gorkha saluting and the young officer returning each of his salutes.
RESPECT is a TWO WAY STREET.
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