Life as a Staff Officer
CDR Salamander posts this cartoon on life as a staff officer:
It’s about right, as is the old joke that colonels assigned to the Pentagon fetch coffee. It’s a truly bizarre feature of military life that a 2nd lieutenant right out of ROTC often has a whole lot more responsibility than a senior officer on a staff assignment.
That’s not to say that staff work is unimportant; it’s often much more so than a command, since it can affect an entire wartime theater or the entire military establishment. On the other hand, it’s often just cranking out PowerPoint slides.
via OTB roving correspondent Richard Gardner