Penchant for pedantry can be manipulated.

THE Defence Department’s Directorate of Pedantry is not just alive and well in the purgatory of Fort Zinderneuf, it is thriving in an unexpected place.

Over many centuries military officers have turned pedantry into a fine art, particularly with military writing, where it even has its own unique title, “staff duties”.

It is taught in military academies and at special schools for aspiring senior officers, which are called “staff colleges”.

Staff Duties prescribe, in writing, every aspect of military life from the trivial to grand strategy.

However the pedant’s true art is to favour process over outcome, which canny subordinates can often manipulate to their advantage.

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