This is a story of a little boy, named Munro, who was “by mistake” recruited in the Army as a soldier and the people around him are so busy, they barely notice that he’s a little boy and not a soldier.
This story is about 4 year old little boy, Munro. There was nothing unusual about him.
Like all other boys of his age, he wouldn’t wash his face.
He wouldn’t eat his food.
He wouldn’t sleep.
Then, one day, he received a letter. He asked one of his friends to read it out for him. The letter said the he had been drafted.
So, while other kids were busy playing and enjoying their lives, Munro came to the shocking realization that he’d have to go for recruitment in the Army.
The next morning, Munro went for his physical and met other men who had come for the recruitment. Nobody seemed to notice that he was just a little boy.
He then went for the medical and tried to explain that he was only 4,
but the doctors were so busy drafting a famous player that they didn’t pay attention to Munro and gave him an A1. Thus, Munro cleared his medical test.
Having no option left, Munro went for war.
Now Munro was a full fledged soldier.
He learnt to play all “games” that soldiers played.
But poor Munro was very tired.
He went up to the Sargent to explain the he was 4. The Sargent thought that he was faking and was sick and thus sent him on a sick leave.
The doctor sent him back with some pills.
He went to the psychiatrist.
He went to the Chaplin.
None of them seemed to believe he was 4. Munro then started doubting if he was 4. He thought that so many wise men couldn’t be wrong. He wanted of trying his best. He decided that he would work very hard to be a part of the Army.
One day, he witnessed a new bunch of men, who had come for the recruitment.
And all of a sudden, he started crying.
When Munro cried, it was then, that all others realised that he was just a little boy and not a soldier!
The day Munro was sent home, there was a bid parade in his honour, outside his house.
His parents were proud!
The General even read out a message from the President, thanking Munro for his services to the Army at such a tender age!
Munro was famous!
Now onward, whenever Munro becomes cranky, his mother just reminds him of the Army and he becomes a good boy.
A very good boy indeed.
And so Munro tells this savage story but tells it entertainingly and sweetly and builds it up and gets the reader stressed, and as you read it, and particularly when you see the film, you feel your stomach knot up because of the obvious abuse and ignorance of authority. And people connected to their own situations with authority in or out of the Army when no one listens, no one believes you. They know, you don’t, and they may even start to convince you, as they do Munro, that they’re right and you’re wrong.