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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 12:15 PM

12. Thanks to a handful of people, history could have been quite different

Washington fought for the British Empire in the (then) colonies during the French and Indian War but despite good service he was never given a full commission in the British army. In Washington's time, the officer ranks of the British army were filled by people who had bought commissions rather than appointments being given to people who knew what they were doing, there were a few reasons for doing so but it made sure that only the upper classes could afford to buy their way into the army (plus, when an idiot bought a commission the army got to keep the money when they were inevitably killed). Commissions without payment were possible and, in hindsight, Washington should have been given the full commission that he desired. But for a few people at the top of the British military wanting to keep the riff-raff out of the officer ranks of the British Army, Washington might have been leading the British forces in the Revolutionary War.

Britain didn't get rid of paid-for-commissions for nearly 100 years after the Revolutionary War and during that time (and pretty much for the entire time the system was in use by any army) the times where battles were lost can almost always be traced to an officer, with little or no military training but a full purse, being an idiot.

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