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ignorance of the military

One thing really irritates me: ignorance. A friend of mine recently told me:

“The thing that I really don’t like about the military is that so much is based on your age.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Isn’t it that once you’re in active duty, if someone’s older than you, they have more authority?”

Do people really think that the military is this inefficient and stupid? I know that they have a reputation for it, but things like this just boggle the mind. As someone going into the military, I’d like to see them have a reasonable reputation, say, no worse than Microsoft’s.

And for clarification, your age, in the military, has nothing at all to do with how much authority you have. Your rank is based first off your position, then off your grade, and then off your time in grade. Age doesn’t come into question.

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