This is a long and lasting debate that will probably never be won or lost. It is upp to each individual to make his or her mind up. Does the Army really need officer to function. Whenever i talk to soldiers they all say most officers have desk jobs and are only really employed as a sort of PR role. Does anyone think that soldiers could solely run the army on their own. Another point that may reinforce the idea that officers are desk jockies is the fact you very rarely see them about. I was on an army course the other month and the OC who was supposed to run the course never set foot on the base. However, it was the excellent NCO's that did all of the work.