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Uncle Sam is asking Americans if they could refrain from slapping guns on their drones

Benson's Cycle

Re: But...but

IIRC the only military organisations in which you couldn't simply buy a commission were the Artillery and the RE. Woolwich dates back to 1741. Formal officer training for other organisations didn't start till 1801, after the little incident in the Americas revealed weaknesses in the system and the rise of Napoleon and his disgusting, lower-class approach to military efficiency made the French a bit too formidable for people whose daddy thought a colonelcy would look nice.

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