Character & Competence…

“Battalions certainly differed in their character and their competence both from others and within themselves over time. Battalions are much like an organic family. They are held together by intangibles – leadership, comradeship, motivation, morale – that defy quantification or even easy description. In good units, soldiers feel – know – they are in the… Read More


The Strands of War…

“The Strands of War are four in number, … I. The quality and capability of the commander. II. The quality and capability of the troops. III. Morale. IV. Resources.” Lieutenant Colonel A.H. Burne, DSO, RA (Retired), The Art of War on Land (1944) Alfred Higgins Burne D.S.O., C.I.E., O.B.E., F.S.A. (1886-1959) was a British Army… Read More

Success & Competence…

“Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice elicited exceptional pride within… Read More

Imaginative, Intelligent & Bold Leadership is…

“Imaginative, intelligent, and bold leadership is absolutely essential. Commanders and leaders at every echelon must be selected with these specific qualities in mind. Officers and NCOs who are more than competent under normal conditions will frequently be hopelessly ineffective when confronted with dynamic and totally different situations.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893 to 1976) Mao was the… Read More

Discussing the Competency of the Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army

Research Paper Title The Competency of the Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army. Introduction The effectiveness of the military depends on the army’s personnel quality resulting from their training and skills level rather than the quantity of men, weapons or materials. It refers to the soldiers’ and officers’ acquired skills and competencies needed… Read More

Assessing the Competency of Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army

Research Paper Title The Competency of the Military Fitness Training Leaders in the Hellenic Army Background The Military Fitness Training Leader (MFTL) is considered a parameter that affects the efficiency of the Hellenic Army Physical Readiness Training (APRT). The competencies of 5 different types of Greek MFTLs were assessed and compared according to the opinions of… Read More

Does Seeking Advice Boost Perceptions of Competence?

Research Paper Title Smart People Ask for (My) Advice: Seeking Advice Boosts Perceptions of Competence. Background Although individuals can derive substantial benefits from exchanging information and ideas, many individuals are reluctant to seek advice from others. The researchers find that people are reticent to seek advice for fear of appearing incompetent. This fear, however, is misplaced. The researchers… Read More