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--By Col. Tommy Partin on --
Shoes divide men into three classes. Some men wear their fathers’ shoes. They make no decisions of their own. Some men are unthinkingly shod by the crowd, but the strong man is his own cobbler. He insists on making his own choices. He walks in his own shoes. (S. D. Gordon)
A military officer is trained to gather as much information from as many sources as possible before making a decision and then making a sometimes hard decision that is best for those he is representing. This experience would well serve any elected official in the furtherance of his efforts to represent his constituents.
Desired qualities of every military officer of theUnited Statesare:
Expectations based on proven experience as a retired military officer:
Oftentimes we may think a senior military officer’s experience may not prepare him for service as an elected public official. Nothing could be further from the truth. Change the title of the military officer to Commissioner, Mayor, Representative, Senator, etc., and most of the time it will be very evident that the military officer’s training, education, varied experiences, attitude, honesty and concern for the health and welfare of those charged to his stead far exceed the experience expected or needed for most elected public officials.
by Tommy Partin, Col. U S Army Retired