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.
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.
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.