At Barnes and Noble yesterday I saw the latest issue of Fortune magazine. There are different covers for the same issue, all featuring officers who were recruited by companies to be in management. I was a bit envious of their military experience.
No one seems to be interested in scanning those covers for the Internet.
Being a commissioned officer has its prestige and perks. Rank is related to function, and having more men under one's command. This does appeal to one's ambition. But in the Union Army it's the NCOs who traditionally have the skill set that is needed to fight and keep the men alive. If I were to join the army, I'd rather work my way up that way, like Col. Hackworth, Major Winters, and a host of others.