National Defense: Men for the Tasks

There were hopeful signs last week that the U.S. Army is facing the fact that wars can't be won without putting the right men in the right places. A lot of this good horse sense is coming from Chief of Staff George Catlett Marshall. One sign of it was a request for more authority to weed out incompetent officers (see above). Another: what General Marshall said about the selection of officers for big commands.

Hereafter, said he, commanders will be judged and chosen by their fitness for particular tasks—and not, as in the past, mainly by rank, seniority and the relative prestige...

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