You hear that alot, today. Seems the Army Recruiters a keeping up their numbers by shanghai-ing former druggies, pimps, prostitutes and the odd politician. The Army's broken. It's not the world class force we had back in Dad's day, when Oldsmobiles were actually desirable cars.
Yeah. I like to look at things from the other side.
Back in the day, you had a cookie cutter promotion process where senior leaders selected juniors based on the same narrow gates they went through. Basically, there was one path to success.
Today, the imperial grunts are being shaped by something better than the best promotion process. War. Reality. A changing security environment. Call it what you will. But you wind up with multiple paths to success. And a more adaptable force.
Ask yourself, though, who do you want as your Leviathan, at the end of the day?
A junkyard dog?
Or best in show?