After reading Educateme's post titled "AROTC or USMA" I felt like posting a separate thread opposed to a reply. I am curious to hear the responses to this title: What makes a great Army Officer? As an enlisted Soldier with a desire to attend West Point and be a career Army Officer, this question has always been on my mind. Nowadays the "good ol' boy" system has been dying off and Officers are no longer at a disadvantage for not attending USMA, everyone is on the same playing field. So what makes an Officer successful in his military career? What factors and variables will lead him/her from a young Lieutenant to a seasoned General? Hopefully this will stir up some constructive comments that will help all those aspiring to be Officers, civilians and Soldiers alike!