1. You have to belong to the right age group. After getting delayed due to bottlenecks at every single promotion, they decided that new leaders only could get the necessary command positions if they would retire the large group ahead of my age group. It so happened that they made the cut right ahead of me.
2. I always had this weird desire to try to make my commanders look good instead of trying to look good myself.
I am talking German Air Force. I left and accepted an offer here in the USA from the parents of my wife, which I could not refuse. :-) :-)
I have plenty of time flying and working in the US Air Force in Nato functions.........instructing.......training.......drinking