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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 2 months ago

Someone explain to me how does this logically make sense ?

A college graduate who has never worked a day in his life has a degree and becomes a 2nd Lt.

He now outranks every single enlisted man. Those with 25+ years of service and stacks of ribbons, loads of experience and deployments have to salute the 22 year old guy?

Is this for real?

Shouldn’t be 

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  • casper
    Lv 4
    2 months ago
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    Yeah, that's true. Its because that college graduate has a degree is all. Even though he outranks a sergeant major, doesn't mean they boss others around. its more or less respect. no LT has ever tried to make a Sergeant major do push ups.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The situation is a lot more complicated than you make it out to be.  Plenty of enlisted people have college degrees.

    Sometimes it's a personality issue.  Not everyone was meant to be in a leadership position no matter how much experience or how many PhDs in neurosurgery they have.  Not everyone wants to be in an unduly stressful leadership position either.

    College is an experience.  Granted all other factors are equal, the person with a college degree has that extra dimension of experience that someone without a college degree doesn't have.  It's mostly personality and leadership development.  

    In this rural town, there is no other opportunity for personal growth and development so wherever you leave school is where your development stops.  High school dropouts are usually the least mature with high school grads being slightly more mature and college grads being the most responsible and having the most refined, respectable personalities.  It takes a certain kind of person to be able to make it all the way through college.

    "A college graduate who has never worked a day in her life..."

    It's us versus them mentality.  I find the high school dropouts and the high school grads saying that a lot about the college grads.  Probably to compensate for their own feelings of inferiority in the workforce but the thing is just because you don't work a hard labor job digging trenches doesn't mean you've never worked a day in your life.  Hard labor isn't for everybody and that's why some people go to college.  

    College grads usually work in a much different capacity.  They're more of the thinkers and planners and strategizers of society whereas the people in manual labor jobs are more of the doers of society.  They're the ones who carry out the plan.  Some people are much better at planning than they are at doing.  It's the brains vs the brawn.  You gotta use people's strengths and weaknesses to your advantage.

    If you don't like it then take matters into your own hands and go to college if that's what you really want.  Why waste time and energy complaining about other people who went to college because that was their personal goal for themselves?!?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Does anyone know if this is a US military unit 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The training is also different. Enlisted are taught to follow while officers are taught leadership principles that many enlisted members struggling with. That being said, I think if you’re wanting it to change, training will have to incorporate more leadership principles. This isn’t to say that because you’re taught to lead, you should be in charge. Just stating the difference in training. 

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The US military has had decades of experience with promotting officers from the ranks, especially during wartime and has found out by those experiences that it is more satisfactory in the long term to commission people with college degrees from day one and train them in military procedures.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Blah, blah, blah

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  • 2 months ago

    Its the same in every army in the world. Of course it make sense a new officer

    starts at the lowest officer rank. 

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  • 2 months ago

    It's always been that way. The military may be the last place in the US where it's hard to rise up from enlisted to officer- a class distinction. 

    Just a side note, though. I, with a college degree and supervisory experience, was hired when I graduated in an essentially clerical position. A month later, a man who had flown helicopters in Vietnam, but had no college or work experience, was hired in a supervisory position with twice the pay I was getting, just because he was a man. Life is full of injustices. 

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