Scotty, here's a Navy & Marine Corps story you can appreciate.
A Continental Army soldier volunteered for the just-forming Marine Corps. He reported to the Continental Navy ship Alfred, flagship of the fleet. Following protocol, he attempted to report to the commander of the Marine detachment, but he had not yet arrived. So he reported to the First Lieutenant, John Paul Jones.
Jones was in no mood to deal with a newly arrived Marine. He was getting the ship ready to hoist the Continental colors for the first time and didn't need a distraction.
"Just fall in at the quarterdeck rail, where the afterguard forms up!" he snapped. "We'll deal with the reporting-aboard formalities later!" He turned away to continue readying the ship for the ceremony.
The Marine obediently fell in where he'd been told to and assumed the position of Parade Rest. A short time later, another Marine attempted to report to Jones, was cut off short and told to lay aft and join the afterguard. He fell in next to the first Marine and assumed the position of Parade Rest.
"The First Lieutenant seems to be a tough bastard," he observed out of the side of his mouth.
"He's not so bad," said the Marine who had reported aboard first. "Why, in the Old Corps ... "