Being intellectual does not preclude pragmatism. If pragmatism is absent, it’s because creativity is being stifled.I echo and amplify this thought (and extend it beyond the up close and personal bit). War isn't typically a particularly intellectual problem: there is scope for genius in battlefield and strategic command, but a lot of it is doing often fairly routine things diligently and well. Too much intellectualism and overthinking the problem is likely to hinder you here.
From reading this thread, I wonder if the Army's problem is making an intellectual business out of what should be sensible, straightforward thought about processes?
The army’s issue is orthodoxy.