Saturday, June 1, 2013

OFFICER LIKE QUALITIES or OLQ - GENTLEMEN AND SNOBS - TWO TYPES OF OFFICERS

OFFICER LIKE QUALITIES or OLQ
GENTLEMEN AND SNOBS
TWO TYPES OF OFFICERS
Musings
By
VIKRAM KARVE


When I was in the Navy I observed that there were two types of officers:


1. THE GOOD OFFICER

There were the confident type who carried themselves with poise and dignity, were well-bred, polished, cultured and courteous, honest, transparent, fair and upright in their conduct and quite humble, modest and down-to-earth in their behaviour. 

These officers did not need the crutches of rank. They had a distinctive identity of their own.

In fact, by their exemplary demeanor these good officers enhanced the dignity of the rank they held and they always put service before self.  

They truly epitomized the term: “An Officer and a Gentleman”.


2. THE CAREERIST STATUS CONSCIOUS SNOB

Then there were the insecure type who were excessively rank conscious haughty show-offs who believed in the dictum: “Boot your juniors and Boot-lick your seniors”

They were unabashed careerists who put self before service because for them their rank and status were everything.

Snobbish and pretentious behaviour is a sign of low self-esteem.

For these insecure types rank, promotion and their naval career was the be-all and end-all of life.

These officers had no unique individual identity of their own. Their rank was their only identity.

They knew, in their hearts, that without the crutches of rank they were zeroes 

So they went to any extent to get promoted at any cost. 

It is this insecure and ambitious type of careerist officers who often get involved in unethical acts and scams, thereby causing immense damage to the reputation of the service resulting in tarnishing of the good image of the defence services.    


So, Dear Reader, the next time you meet an officer, of the army, navy or air force, or even of the civil services, observe his behaviour and see which type of officer he is.

One clue - when an officer introduces himself is the emphasis on his rank or on his name? 

You will find that good confident officers may not even mention their rank while introducing themselves, while insecure snobbish officers are obsessed with rank, even after retirement.



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