chapter  6
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Teams and Careers

The huge increase in the number of staff posts created by the expansion of the army from 1914/18 provided opportunities for many. At the end of the war, Brigadier John Dill reflected:

Trained staff found they were much in demand and capable performers were able to ascend the career ladder rapidly. New officers were brought in from the regiments and learned the skills needed for the staff. Other beneficiaries were the Territorials, ‘dug-outs’ and volunteers who were offered the chance to develop their expertise to swell the ranks of the staff. With such an abundance of opportunity it was hardly surprising that career moves became a preoccupation for some officers. This led one senior figure to comment, ‘The trouble with pretty nearly all staff officers is that they cannot talk of anything at all but appointments and the War.’2