So, you want to know how to be a second world war Japanese conscript?
- You are the lowest in the army; always bow and salute everyone first!
- When called, respond with a loud voice.
- Never be later than your comrades.
- Always carry mop and broom at daily cleaning sessions.
- Always do the squad leader’s laundry first.
- Eat all meals within three minutes. Keep toilet visits short.
- Keep your nails trimmed and your personal shelf tidy.
- Always be quickest to fall in.
- In case of insufficient members to line up, bring along one from another unit to make up the numbers.
I particularly like rule number three, which provides safety in numbers, and rule number nine, which details just how to make up those numbers.
(Via: Far Outliers).