One of the most enduring arguments among U.S. military officers focuses on the subject of promotion opportunities. While there are officers who believe that "performance" determines success, others are convinced that success is a direct result of "who you know."
"Promotion by Degrees: Myth or Magic in the Marine Corps,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 41:
4, Article 8.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol41/iss4/8