Observing Our Hermanos de Armas: U.S. Military Attaches in Guatemala, Cuba, and Bolivia, 1950-1964

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APPENDIX 1 1
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.
F. Retirement

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