Hypothesis: Why Potential Generals Don’t Want To Be Attachés
YEARS OF SERVICE
|A. Officer enters senior service (war) college, where he is told that one of every four will become a general (many believe it).|
|B. Officer is selected for colonel. To bolster his chances for general, he seeks a highly visible assignment. There are two types: command and Washington staff. Only in one of these will he be seen by enough generals to have a chance of selection (generals make the selections).|
|C. Prime year for selection to general, based on analysis of recent lists. Between B and C, officer wants only highly visible assignments and is sharp enough to see that he gets one and stays with it.|
|D. Last year for selection for general officer. Officer, if not selected, looks around for satisfying job for twilight years. Because of lead-time in preparing for and being on attaché tour, he must make up his mind quickly.|
|E. Last time an officer could possibly go on attaché duty.|
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Book title: Observing Our Hermanos de Armas: U.S. Military Attaches in Guatemala, Cuba, and Bolivia, 1950-1964.
Contributors: Robert O. Kirkland - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 131.
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