The Typical Staff Officer…

“The typical staff officer is the man past middle life, spare, unwrinkled, intelligent, cold, passive, non-committal; with eyes like a cod-fish, polite in contact but at the same time unresponsive, cool, calm and as damnably composed as a concrete post or a plaster-of-Paris cast; a human petrifaction with a heart of feldspar and without charm… Read More


Military Gamble vs Military Wisdom

“Prejudice against innovation is a typical characteristic of an Officer Corps which has grown up in a well-tried and proven system. Thus it was that the Prussian Army was defeated by Napoleon. This attitude was also evident during this war, in German as well as British officer circles, where, with their minds fixed on complicated… Read More

New Page: An Overview of the (Military) Staff Officer

A new webpage has just been uploaded ‘An Overview of the (Military) Staff Officer’ which can be found here. A downloadable PDF version can be found here. What does the article contain? What is a staff officer? Command officer versus staff officer. How to become a staff officer. Staff officer grades. Staff assistants. The role… Read More