The next day the mess sergeant told me that the men were very unhappy about my decision. I asked a few soldiers what they preferred and why it mattered whether they or the mess hall personnel put the sugar in. I was informed that the tea tasted different when the sugar was added later and that it was having a bad effect on morale. I made an instant decision that was very popular with the men. I told the mess sergeant to serve me a pitcher of unsweetened tea and to go back to the normal tea. Did it really taste different or was it only another case of fear of change. Who knows.
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