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Darth_Hamel said:Being an officer is totally different from being an NCM. If you like getting dirty and working with your hands then I suggest NEVER going officer. You are trained on how to use radio equipment, but only to understand its capabilities and to use in the event of an emergency. As an officer you deal with paperwork, and conceptual things like exercise planning.
But as an officer, don't forget how to do the dirty work... when it comes down to crunch time, no time for idle hands.
Seen a few officers decide they were above physical labour. If you've got paperwork to do or orders to write or recce to do or whatever, fine. But if you've got time to read a news paper while your troops (Or even somone elses troops) are doing a set-up or tear down, you've got a problem, grab somthing and get to work, your troops will have more respect for you and in turn work harder for you.
What this means is that to get into the field as an officer you have to make time for it, which can be difficult but is never impossible.
Nonsense. If your troops are in the field, you're in the field. Plain and simple.
A good troop commander should be in the field every time their troops are. Whether this happens depends upon how gung ho or lazy the officer is, and how much administrative support there is at the unit.
See above. If you've got administrative problems, you sort them out.
And while we're on the subject of you, did that scratch ever heal up after?