Many of you like the questions and answers on this blog. I just found another one from ‘Swordsman808′ who asks
I am a 23-year-old college grad applying to Navy OCS and the intel community. I was originally attempting to be a state police officer but economic circumstances made that impossible. Police departments (especially mine) sometimes have bad reputations when it comes to department politics influencing hiring, I’m young and perhaps innocent, but not naive. I’m more and more realizing “politics” is just one of life’s ugly realities that has to be dealt with. Through my primary goals of building a career based in naval intelligence, and perhaps becoming a SEAL, I am hoping to someday become a good candidate for employment in the FBI or CIA. So I was just curious, how does the political aspect of hiring for those agencies compare to state police departments? And how much does politics come into play during military officer promotions?
Answer: In the Commissioned Officer ranks of military service, politics is part of the game. However, as a Junior Officer, it doesn’t affect you near as much. Office Politics will occur in any proffession, field, or occupation that you get into. But if you want to be above all of that, it’s a choice and it will NOT mean that you don’t get promoted or the good job. Overall, if you don’t allow yourself to be sucked into it or get upset about it when you see it happening, not only should you be alright, but your fellow officers and the enlisted persons that serve under you will probably take notice and you will be respected for it. In short, stay true to who you are while being the best Officer you can.