Gentlemen, I did not seek this command, but since it's been assigned me, I intend to make this regiment the best on the frontier. I fully realize that prolonged duty in a small outpost can lead to carelessness and inefficiency and laxity in dress and deportment. I call it to your attention that only one of you has reported here this morning properly dressed. The uniform, gentlemen, is not a subject for individual whimsical expression. We're not cowboys at this post or freighters with a load of alfalfa.
Frank S. Nugent (1908–1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda), Fort Apache, Col. Thursday's stern reproach to his officers upon taking command of the regiment (1948).
Based on the story "Massacre" by James Warner Bellah.