Comments: What Squad Leaders Know

Speaking of lieutenants, it's Richard Nixon's 100th birthday: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2013/01/09/how-richard-nixon-happened/

Posted by Martha Bridegam at January 9, 2013 10:13 PM

That IS the problem with officers, isn't it; they almost all begin as lieutenants.

Maybe we should take a page from the Brits and make the ones who aren't princes of the blood or such come up THROUGH the ranks?

Oh, wait, now some little pencil dick is going to want to deport me ---I wish him luck with that, since I've had family on this piece of planet since before the Revolution he is so fond of invoking.

Posted by Syrbal/Labrys at January 10, 2013 12:50 PM

Brits used to be able to buy a command. It's progress that colonels and admirals no longer start off their military service with those titles, but I wonder when it changed. I'm fairly sure the new wave was after our revolution, and it must have swept through before World War I, I hope.

Posted by JoyfulA at January 11, 2013 3:25 PM

I do counseling for active duty and wow, does it make a person question the leadership. Hagel as enlisted, to me, is his biggest asset.

Posted by Vickie Feminist at January 12, 2013 6:22 PM
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