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Two ways to access that 1983 Army War College paper on bad brigadier generals

In response to popular demand by you demanding Best Defenders, the Army has created two ways to read that 1983 report I discussed the other day about how one-quarter of new brigadier generals were considered stinkers by battalion commanders who had served under them. One way is to click on this link for a PDF. ...

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In response to popular demand by you demanding Best Defenders, the Army has created two ways to read that 1983 report I discussed the other day about how one-quarter of new brigadier generals were considered stinkers by battalion commanders who had served under them.

One way is to click on this link for a PDF. Or, if you are feeling particularly adept, you can follow these instructions offered by the friendly folks at the Army's Military History Institute: "Actually, anyone can access it from any computer. Just lead them to the research portion of our website www.ahco.army.mil & have them follow the instructions:

1. Click on the big "Digitized Materials" button

In response to popular demand by you demanding Best Defenders, the Army has created two ways to read that 1983 report I discussed the other day about how one-quarter of new brigadier generals were considered stinkers by battalion commanders who had served under them.

One way is to click on this link for a PDF. Or, if you are feeling particularly adept, you can follow these instructions offered by the friendly folks at the Army’s Military History Institute: “Actually, anyone can access it from any computer. Just lead them to the research portion of our website www.ahco.army.mil & have them follow the instructions:

1. Click on the big “Digitized Materials” button

2. Enter the name “Reid, Tilden R.” in the white search box & click the “search all digitized material” box immediately below

3. Scroll down the results list and open the document!”

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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