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The Curious Case of Arthur Wellesley
This is a story about a very peculiar human resource management system that existed in British and several other European armies up to the end of the nineteenth century. The ranks in the army were not awarded based on education, valor or even years of service. Basically, anyone with enough money could march into the War Office (Department of Defense) and purchase officers’ commissions ranging from junior lieutenant to colonel. These commissions also were freely sold via newspaper ads that were placed by retiring officers.
The interesting part, however, did not stop there. Once the patent was purchased, the candidate had to ...