I cannot let Antony Oliver's comments about the Army's alleged 'macho' management skills pass unchallenged (NCE 30 March).
Army management is not 'macho' and does not exhibit a 'seat-of-the-pants, we-can-get-away-with-that' attitude. It is founded on more enduring principles. Army leaders at all levels hack it precisely because they 'manage their time properly, communicate effectively, make effective decisions and know their technical stuff'. Furthermore, they know their people and equipment.
Recent events in the Balkans, East Timor and elsewhere highlight the Army's overall effectiveness, underpinned by both its management and leadership.
Brigadier IDT McGill CBE (F), Commander Initial Training Group, HQ ITG, Trenchard Lines, Upavon, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 6BE.