D Romedary, email

A CAPTAIN in the foreign legion was transferred to a desert outpost. On his orientation tour he noticed a very old, seedy-looking camel tied out back of the enlisted men’s barracks. He asked the sergeant leading the tour: “What’s the camel for?”

“Well sir, it’s a long way from anywhere, and the men have natural sexual urges, so when they do, uh, we have the camel,” the sergeant replied.

The captain said: “Well if it’s good for morale, then I guess it’s all right with me.”

After about six months at the fort, the captain couldn’t deny his drives any longer. He told the sergeant: “Bring in the camel!”

The sergeant shrugged his shoulders and led the camel into the captain’s quarters. The captain got a small step ladder and proceeded to have his way with the camel. As he stepped, satisfied, down from the ladder, and was buttoning his pants he asked the sergeant: “Is that how the enlisted men do it?”

The sergeant replied: “Well sir, they usually just use it to ride into town.”