Discussion of the original G.I. Joe's structure of command
This is taken from the 1986 G.I. Joe TV movie, which started the second season of the series, "Arise, Serpentor, Arise". The previous season, the Joes had strong leadership with both Duke and Flint. For the second season, they have even stronger leadership as General Hawk is on board- he's not only the Joe team's advisor and commanding officer, he also founded G.I. Joe. We also saw Beach Head for the first time, as a gruff, hard-nosed sergeant major, but as far as the Joes were concerned, since they were under General Hawk's command, he had to deal with the fact that both Duke and Flint had more seniority than him. Duke as the Joe's first sergeant and Flint as the Joe's warrant officer, but nonetheless, under Hawk's command, both had the most seniority of all of the Joe's field commanders. That leads to believe that the structure of command in G.I. Joe is based, not on rank, but on seniority. The following year(in the G.I. Joe movie, "The Secrets of Cobra-La"), Duke's half-brother, the irresopnsible Lt. Falcon, had to realize that pulling rank won't get him anywhere. Falcon might have been a lieutenant, but it meant little in G.I. Joe, because Duke dwarfed him in seniority. Think about all the enlisted personnel and their ranks in the Joes, but when you think about it, the structure of command is based, not on rank, but on seniority. It might sound crazy, for a while, but it's also a fact. Those who can elaborate, please post, but remain relevant to the topic of this thread.
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