Terminal Lance #46 “Educated Leadership”
June 25, 2010
Come on, Lieutenants, you had it coming. Throughout my 4 years I always tried to find out what my Lt’s majors were, I always thought it was interesting to see what kind of people were drawn to the Commissioned side of the Corps. It turns out, Lieutenants can be just about anything prior to getting commissioned. One of my favorite Lieutenants was actually a forestry major, which I always thought to be somewhat eclectic in the context of joining the Marines.
Anyway, this isn’t a bash on the officer/enlisted system in place. In all honesty, I more or less understand the system to be necessary–having an educated person in charge of a larger group of undereducated makes sense. Obviously there’s exceptions to every rule, but the logic at least makes sense. What most people have against Lieutenants and officers boils down to the simple–but endless–argument of experience versus formal education.
This isn’t really something I care to address right now, but maybe I’ll care to in a future strip. In any case, I’ve never been the Marine that hates officers. Pissed at them once in a while, of course, but like I said: I more or less understand the system to be necessary.
I don’t have a whole lot more to say on this right now. In other news, make sure you’re following me on Twitter @TLCplMax
I’d like to take a moment to honor a couple of Facebook fan photos here.
Where did they get the M1 Garands?** (Edit: turns out these are Springfield 03’s) In any case, solid work! I always love seeing the creative ways people are making Lance Corporal chevrons. As long as it doesn’t involve ANY sort of vandalism or other damage to government property, I’d love to see it.
Here’s another good Lance chevron that made me laugh. Glad to see some Lances doing what we do best… cleaning shit up.
Anyway, that’s all I got for you gents. For your weekend libo brief I’ll just say what my old Co. 1st Sgt used to tell us:
If it looks like shit, smells like shit, then it’s probably shit. Don’t be the one to step in it.