Military Insider Says Promotions Are About Pleasing The Boss, Not Performance

( Today’s military officials are promoted primarily on appeasing their employers, not performance, according to Marine veteran Stuart Scheller, the lieutenant colonel who was sacked and jailed after demanding accountability from military authorities for the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Scheller talked about his new book Crisis of Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America’s Generals and Politicians in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. He also touched on what he discovered about the military promotion system during his 17 years in the Marine Corps.

According to him, ineffective leaders are replaced in the business world, where profit is everything. However, in the government, they must develop inside the system and are promoted based more on how much their superiors like them than on their work output.

He said what occurs in all these government organizations is that you understand you have to impress your boss, and if that boss has a focus that is anything other than the guiding principles of the institution, then you learn through your career that you just have to appease your boss. And over time, it teaches employees to pay less attention to the organization’s foundational principles.

He cited officials more concerned with appeasing their boss, President Joe Biden, than with upholding fundamental military values Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley.

Scheller said that our focus is incorrect. The Russians were staging near the Ukrainian border when Lloyd Austin took office. We were attempting to end the longest war in American history. After 100 days in office, Biden said COVID and extremism posed the greatest threats to the DoD.

Scheller said the emphasis should always be on the fighting. A Secretary of Defense is needed to oversee that. And Mark Milley is doing the same thing; in addition to discussing “white rage,” he also discusses climate change. But they do it because they’re people-pleasing, for all the reasons Scheller outlined.