"The 'U.S. military’s marathon, 30-year, single-elimination, suck-up tournament' OR 'How America selects its generals'"
Mentioned this piece by a former officer and Vietnam vet to lambert, but thing might be of wider interest.
Feel a real cognitive dissonance with this John T. Reed. He writes books on real-estate advice (!), is some kind of star high school football coach (!!) and sincerely admires Jamie Dimon (?!?!--aowgh). Every healthy prejudice in my body says that nothing intelligent or honest can come out of that, yet his military pieces some of the best I've read anywhere. I guess this is what left-right alliances against the plutocratic center feel like.