A Little Light Reading

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Help Desk, by Christopher B. Wright

Comic Transcript: 

MILITARY POLICEMAN: The General wants to know if you're finished signing the NDA.

MARK: Finished? I'm still reading it.

MILITARY POLICEMAN: It's a pretty standard agreement.

MARK: A standard NDA is 3-5 pages long. This is a little more... comprehensive than that. A little excessive, actually.

MILITARY POLICEMAN: Not possible. The army doesn't believe in excess.

MARK: Did the General tell you anything about me? I've done this before.

MILITARY POLICEMAN: OK, the army believes in a little excess from time to time.


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The army doesn't believe in excess.

It practices excess all the time. But it doesn't believe there is such a thing as excess.


There is no excess, only redundancy. Since things are done in triplicate there are still two other rooms of NDA to sift through to make sure they are identical.


I never served (but I extend thanks to those who have, especially today), but the remark about triplicate reminds me of the old Happy Days episode:

Howard: Why does the Army do everything in triplicate?

Officer: One to file, one to lose, and one to burn so the Russians don't get it.

Some of the humor in this

Some of the humor in this one, if you're in the Army, is that the real US Government Non-Disclosure Agreement is relatively short at just over a page. Also, if Mark had a security clearance in the past, he's probably seen it many times (you often have to re-sign it when you change jobs).

Yes, when you're a Govt. contractor...

... the NDA you sign for your employer (the contractor company) is often significantly longer and more convoluted than the NDA you sign for your customer (the government).

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