As in "bully for you".EvilKeny28 wrote:Bully?
Jun isn't put aside. He chose to be non-combatant, and is in fact Palmer's direct superior. He is Chief of Staff of Spartan Operations, second in command and subordinate only to Rear Admiral Musa Ghanem, the Commander-in-Chief of Spartans.Quote:Jun would have been a good choice (I never understood why they put him to the side like that when he is still quite young).
Buck, on the other hand, continuously and frequently self-sabbotaged himself to be inelligable for promotion so that he could remain a squad leader. He even remarks to Locke that he misses being an ODST, when things were simple. He would not have been a good candidate for Spartan Commander, and plainly would not have wanted it. More than this, it's not about rank. Whatever rank soldiers had going into the Spartan Program did not and do not matter one bit. They now have one rank across the board; Spartan.
Page 7 of the Official Spartan Field Manual, Spartan Palmer is listed as the Spartan Commander, UNSC Infinity. This is again repeated on Page 110, with the added information that she is Spartan Commander aboard the UNSC Infinity and is the senior Spartan for Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG 1). The role of Spartan Commander has the responsibilities of Overall command-and-control of Spartan Companies. It is comparable in UNSC authority to the rank of Colonel.Quote:Care to mention which are the other Spartan leaders, or where you even heard of such a thing?
With the ESG being numbered, it stands to well reason that there are more Strike Groups. Each with their own Spartan Commander. Sarah Palmer is stationed aboard the Infinity, and as Spartan Commander is comparable to Colonel - and there are definitely more than one Colonels in any military branch - it also stands to reason that there would be other Spartan Commanders in charge of other Spartan groups.
Since... ever? Commanders do not have to report to their subordinates on their comings and goings. They only report to their superiors. When I was a civilian employee for the Air Force, our Base Commander never reported to any of her subordinates what she was doing. Even when I lived on-base during a war-time situation (9-/11), Command gave orders, and that was it. They did not report to their subordinates what they were doing, because they didn't need to know. Similarly, the various Fireteams did not need to know what CDR Palmer was doing. Roland informed Miller what he needed to know (as, again, Palmer was busy with a very dangerous and intelligent prisoner,) and Miller was fully capable of running the Ops in her direct absence.Quote:Um, proof? Since when does that happen more often?
We also have no idea how many times Miller tried to contact Palmer on her personal communications. It could have been three, it could have been one. It does not matter, as she literally had her hands full with an arrest. The Commander does not stop to pick up the phone when the First Lieutenant is curious where she's at. Expecting this is lunacy, and a complete misunderstanding of the Chain of Command. Reports go up, not down. If Captain Lasky, or RADM Musa, would have attempted to reach her, that would be another issue entirely. But, seeing as CAPT Lasky was the one who gave the arrest order, that's a pointless line of "what if". And with Oth Lodon as well, a Spartan on the field doesn't have time for constant babysitting and micro-managing, and Palmer is absolutely within her right and authority to cut comms.
No, usually they make use of worse terms. Get over it.Quote:Pretty sure the military doesn't make constant use of the term 'egghead' when referring to the other party.
Seven times. That is not constant, and far from as prolific as you people make it out to be. So Palmer doesn't like scientists and doctors; so what? ODST rabidly hated Spartans, but how often do we hear people whining about that? (Which, to point, we never hear her personal opinions on Spartans). Not to mention that in the broader story of things, the scientists screwed up a lot, and Palmer's Spartans had to directly deal with the deadly threats that were a result of those screw ups. A lot. So I'd say a little soldier-to-soldier derision is warranted; it's not like she stormed down to Science Deck and started trashing the place.Quote:On the contrary, its due to their constant use of that word that makes it feel like fiction. That and Palmer personal dislike of doctors and its quite clear where she stands on the issue.
You're right; they're worse. Romeo had such a mouth on him that his Squad Leader gave him a standing order to shut up. To which he still retained a pain-in-the--Yoink- attitude. He mocked the UNSC fleet being destroyed on Earth, assaulted the Rookie to wake him up, and even made light of the Rookie being dead. He is noted as acting aggressively and abrasively with almost every squad member. He racked-up multiple code of conduct violations, which should have resulted in demotion or Court Marshal, but was kept only because the UNSC were running out of battle tested snipers.Quote:Dutch and Romeo are not nearly as brash/rash as Palmer
Dutch, to a lesser extent, was known to handle Romeo quite roughly, as well as making off-color and vaguely religious remarks derissively to squadmates. He even belittled a rookie of the 105th, calling him a "dumb-BLAM!-". Something Palmer sure never did to her subordinates, even when they were.
Oh... That's the difference, huh? Nevermind that he also pushes his troops to the limit during training, takes little tolerance for their discomfort and fear, and deals with subordinates during a combat situation no differently than Palmer.Quote:The difference is that Johnson isn't in charge of all the Spartan Fireteams, he is only a Staff Sergeant.
If the misogynist shoe fits, lace that -BLAM- up.
No, it's a strike against those two Generals. Nepotism happens quite often in the military (no, I don't have direct proof of this), and one example of it does not strike the entire program; when a General says something, things happen. When TWO say something, things really happen.Quote:Except for that one time when Madson stops paying attention to his surrounding on a battlefield and Hoya stupidly getting out of cover and almost gets killed. The fact that Madson only got into the Spartan program due to nepotism is a strike against him as well as the program as a whole.
Oh, so it's bad except for when it works. Your sense of judgement is so very skewed it's not even funny.Quote:I expect them to follow orders. If they couldn't do even that it would lower my view of the Spartan 4s even more. And on that note, Thorne did disobey DeMarco's orders that one time but it was a good call so I let it slide.
Halsey was at most five paces from Palmer at all times, which is more than enough for a Spartan to cover with no issue. Being ambushed by a Harvester prevented this, and was the only thing that allowed Halsey to escape.Quote:Palmer got distracted by the conversation enough that Halsey managed to get far enough to start running away. This should not have happened considering she was in enemy/unknown territory with a wanted criminal.