Lengthy but interesting article in The Atlantic:
The author starts with the premise that "the best" officers are leaving the military, resulting in "mediocrity" versus "meritocracy." Do you accept that premise? Are our "best" (your definition of "best") officers leaving? If so, what can we do to fix it?Why are so many of the most talented officers now abandoning military life for the private sector? An exclusive survey of West Point graduates shows that it’s not just money. Increasingly, the military is creating a command structure that rewards conformism and ignores merit. As a result, it’s losing its vaunted ability to cultivate entrepreneurs in uniform.