I do so love it when the U.S. military tries to be introspective and thoughtful - a bunch of uber-Alpha males pop on Mary Chapin Carpenter into their iPods and suddenly they morph into Sensitive New Age Guys. Tailhook becomes Talisman, and that swingers' club that passes for CentCom in Tampa, Florida becomes an ashram.
OK, so the generals and admirals will now be seeking 360 feedback, according to the NYTimes in a very interesting piece yesterday: Conduct at Issue as Military Officers Face a New Review.
I'm sure this is a real "game-changer," and subordinates will feel completely free to tell it sock it to their commanding officers - the same guys, and let's face it, they are mostly guys - who will make or break their careers in the military.
But I guess it's a first goose-step in the right direction for an institution that, as the fortune in the cookie says, prides itself on being all that it can be...in bed.