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The Foundation of the Professional Officer

Note: This was written when I was taking command. It has since been refined by a handful of officers, with valuable additions from Mike Opbroek and Alexandra Kilgore.

The Lieutenant Paradox: The expectations of new lieutenants in the Army vary wildly. At one end of the spectrum, a lieutenant is responsible for everything his platoon does or fails to do. At the other end of the spectrum, a lieutenant can be viewed with suspicion and treated like a child — a man or a woman that retains lingering habits from his/her college years and has not yet realized the responsibilities of leading men and women into combat. …

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