Army leaders will be recruited direct from the civilian world rather than rising up through the ranks, under a proposed overhaul to bring in specialist skills for 21st century warfare.
The plan to hire straight into the regular Army’s middle and possibly even higher ranks will overturn generations of tradition and a career structure that has seen leaders work their way up from the bottom.
Yes, I know they’re saying not in the combat arms and yes, I understand the basic problem they’ve got of certain specialist skills. But the answer, I would strongly suspect, is to have an entirely new status, career structure, ranking system even, rather than try to shoehorn into the current structure. Instead of Major (Specialist) something more like Specialist (Major). There are those around here with much moire military experience than myself so what say them?
From memory Doctors and Padres go in directly as Captains, so this isn’t entirely unknown already. But they are considered very, very, different from line officers, aren’t they?