Comprising varying layers of authority between the general and the men, the officers lead the men into battle and execute the general’s orders. The general has direct responsibility for their ability and morale—Master Sun states that any flaw, physical or psychological, in the officers comes from the general’s inability to properly lead them. Well-trained and loyal officers are brave but not hotheaded, and consistent in their orders to and temperament with the men.
The Officers Character Timeline in The Art of War
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...is called hobbling an army. Disrupting military decisions despite a lack of knowledge confuses the officers and the men, as does interfering in the promotions process. If such confusion arises it... (full context)