Thanks to my good friend The Regimental Rogue, for providing the last word, from an unimpeachable source, on the “buttons and bows” nonsense (which includes, in my opinion, attempts to revive the perfectly bloody useless Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean):
The problem is that there are, as always, far too many people of “mediocre intelligence” intent on riding their expertize on ‘polish and pipeclay’ to achieve higher rank, while the people actually studying strategy, tactics and, for the really intelligent real professionals, logistics, languish in obscurity.
“Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.”
(Gen. Robert H. Barrow, USMC)
Gen. Barrow, I suspect, could not even imagine how many officers in the Canadian Forces are running about trying to “sell” new “buttons and bows” or unnecessary military colleges.