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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Unfortunately it took the Army five years to reward thought and results over longevity and box checks. What the Army really needs to do is get rid of underperforming generals and colonels and get the experienced young stud captains in battalion command positions. Many will criticize this, but the fact of the matter is commanding a battalion is not rocket science. Theo Epstein reversed the curse at age 30; stud captains can lead battalions at age 30. A purge of underperforming leadership is needed, reminiscient of General Marshall relieving brigade and division commanders he deemd unfit for combat command. Read LTC Paul Yingling's article from May 2007's Armed Forces Journal for a very critical perspective on the general officer corps.