Task & Purpose/Aaron Provost

An interesting conversation has sprung up in the Air Force regarding the officer promotion system recently, led by the pseudonymous Col ‘Ned Stark’ over at War on the Rocks. His May 2018 article provided an insider’s view on how the Air Force’s promotion system functions, who it affects, and why it’s failing. His account is shocking — and instantly relatable.  

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In May, a robust unofficial survey circulated among active-duty Navy personnel regarding retention in the Navy. The survey was the brainchild of a team of active-duty Navy personnel conducting the study in an off-duty capacity. Circulated primarily by word-of-mouth on social media, over 5,500 viable responses were received, with the objective of capturing a representative and accurate depiction of what motivations influence individuals to join, remain, and ultimately decide to leave military service. The survey succeeded in capturing a representative and statistically significant cross-section of both officers and sailors at varied rank and point in career.

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