for the short time that i was on active duty in the Army, i as a first lt i had to cover for a troop inspection for a fellow officer. the co's ofice at the time had a balcony that overlooked the troops bunk area. so while being briefed by the co. i could look down and see the troops getting ready for the inspection. this one troop a pfc was tieing up his boot when the lace broke. he just pulled his boot blouse over it to hide it. ofcoures i made a mental note of him. about 2/3 rds the way through i came apon that troop.
gave him the useual coursery downward glance, and informed him that his right boot lace was broken under his blousing.the look of astonishment on his face was unforgetable.
i woud have givin anything that day to have been a fly on the barricks wall after that inspection.