Since a Lieutenant I have railed against the Army personnel system, whether MILPERCEN, PERSCOM, TAPA, TAPC, HRC. Despite the numerous changes over thirty plus years they have consistently proven to be inept at personal management. Over at Foreign Policy there is a great article today about what is wrought by the ineptness of our personnel weenies.
While I have not reviewed Tom Rick’s book the Generals yet, one complaint which I have is Rick’s fails to examine the role that statutory and regulatory changes have played a significant role in the quality of our generals. This article is instructive towards that point.