With one exception, all of my CO's and reporting seniors told me what to do, not how to do it. The one exception was a not the usual micro-manager. He just told his entire staff to stay out of his way and did everything himself. Three company grade officers and three SNCO's were essentially highly paid message runners. I'll admit he was highly capable, but if we had high tempo ops for more than 2 and a half days, I and the section chief had to pickup the pieces in mid-operation, without being privy to the boss's plan.
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