As a side note, the Air Force has something worked into their grading system to counter this which I thought was kinda cool. Its called "Flight Commanders Ranking." 30% of your grade is what the flight commander (flight leader) thinks of you. Basically, he gets together with the other IPs in your flight and they hash out, hey is this guy a good officer, does he help out his classmates, have a can-do attitude etc etc etc. It keeps the guys who are awesome in the cockpit but s!!t bags on the ground from getting ranked above the guys who give 100% all the time. I am sure there are cons to the system, but from a merit stand point, I thought it was a good idea.