10.16

Chapter: Terrain 10.16
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Translation:

When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination. When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is collapse.

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Commentary

Weak command is always bad, but when soldiers who are allowed to disobey it leads to damaging disorder.

It is bad enough in business when people do not obey commands, but in war it is far worse, where concerted and precise action is critical.