Culture of Conformity
Originally published August 9th, 2011.
Only our Lex could put General Paetreus and Paris HIlton in the same paragraph and have it make sense.
I have been away from the Army so long that I couldn’t comment on this specific contention – but aren’t all large organizations like this? I remember reading a book on IBM – and they specifically encouraged independent thinking – calling these people the “Wild Ducks”
But by and large you go along to get along.
Heck look at George Patton – Disfavored by many in his chain of command because he acted independently.
Never will forget a letter I received while in the Army – almost 40 years ago. As a Pfc I was pretty much at the bottom of the chain of command – and a friend of mine hadn’t been paid for 2 months due to bureaucratic inertia.
I wrote a letter to the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Creighton Abrams telling him what I thought of this Army bureaucracy.
The weeks went by and I forgot about it until one day I get this letter with 5 gold stars on the envelop.
Oh !@#$%^ I’m thinking – I really did it now.
For those of you who haven;t been in the military, jumping the chain of command is frowned upon – which I did – about as much as one can
Anyway, with a bit of trepidation, I open the letter and it sez:
“ Dear Pfc Brandt:
I just want you to know that the bureaucracy gets to me too.
Burt as soldiers we have to keep trying.
Mysteriously my friend’s pay problems went away and I never heard anything more about it.
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