First, I'd like to say that this is one of the most interesting forums I've seen at OT. Educational, too. "A Tale of Two Military Prisons" is just one example. I have great respect for the military, but was turned down when I tried to join as a young man because of epilepsy I had as a child. I passed all the tests, but hit a brick wall on the medical questionaire. Anyway, here's my hypothetical: Newly commissioned Second Lieutenant Smith walks into the office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, and barks, "Sergeant, drop to the floor and give me twenty!" I realize that the Lieutenant outranks the Sergeant, but is there any weight given to the Sergeant's position at the top of the enlisted chain, years of service, and possible combat decorations? What would be the Sergeant Major's most likely response to the Lieutenant's order? What would happen to the Sergeant Major if he disobeyed the Lieutenant's order? Would he go to the brig for insubordination? Would the Lieutenant be seen as a bit over-the-top for issuing such an order? Sorry if this is a dumb question, and thanks in advance for the education.