They forgot the Cast Iron Major - a subtype of the passed over for promotion...the one that's been there and done it all, can one-up any "there I was" story, and knows the rules only so he knows how to get around them...but not let anyone else. He's also over protective of his "tribe" and is part of the corporate memory. One of the few who speak 'truth to power' regardless of the consequences. Always sides with his NCOs and they love him for it. Occasionally gets steamrolled by an O6, but the scars just increase his credibility with his men.
I did two years enlisted and I still listen to my noncommissioned officers. At least with the major rank, they're all retention boards that keep you if you've been passed over twice so if you don't get approved for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel you at least have a chance for a third or fourth try as long as you need height and weight and you have no negative evaluation reports. I am in the zone next year so hopefully I get promoted.
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