The Iron Major Survival Guide is a self-help book for the senior Captain / junior Major that was developed after years of teaching staff officers and junior leaders. It’s not a be-all, end-all, “how to make General” book, but a survival guide with hundreds of tips and tricks on how to make it through the daunting and confusing world of staff operations. In all of the Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) it’s eventual that an officer will serve on a staff of some sort. Staff work is chaotic, tedious, and can end an officer’s career faster than a phone call. This book is a guidemap to getting through it without committing careericide. If nothing else, The Iron Major Survival Guide provides a great checklist of all the things a junior field grade officer needs to consider when being assigned to, or leading, a staff. Young staff officers who have not achieved the rank of Major yet can also use this book to help their Majors and / or learn what they’re going through. An ambitious Captain will find gold in these pages that he can use long before becoming an Iron Major himself. Written by a guy who did not become a General, The Iron Major Survival Guide contains a lot of self-aggrandizing humor and “there I was” vignettes that every officer can identify with. Since it’s publication The Iron Major Survival Guide has quickly become must read material for aspiring career officers in the US Military and students of management and large organizations as well.
Brigadier General William King, US Army
“ I highly recommend this book only to those that have a unquenchable passion to make a positive difference every day in their service to our Nation’s defense. It should contain a warning label that states ‘Caution: once informed you are now responsible and will be held accountable as an IRON MAJOR.”
Major General (Ret) Robert M. Williams, US Army
“ At a time when ‘political correctness’ seems to threaten the Profession of Arms, The Iron Major Survival Guide is entertaining, refreshingly candid, and at times politically incorrect. The willingness of the author to share his own missteps and lessons learned make for a powerful and entertaining read. Dave provides all with valuable insights on how to better staff officers and leaders. A must read for all company grade staff officers!”
Brigadier General (Ret) Jim Lettko, US Army
"Telling it like it is, ground truth, with a dry sarcasm only a military staff officer can appreciate. Dave takes his true experiences and drives home the salient points of how to succeed on personal, professional, and organizational levels. A must-have staff officer’s reference for today’s Army.”