Phillup, don't get me wrong, I'm not defending Hagel. But just because he wasn't offered a commission (and maybe he was and turned it down) doesn't mean, in and of itself, that he would be unqualified for SOD. I have resigned myself that Hagel will be confirmed on an up-or-down partisan vote. The only possible bright spot I see coming out of it is the fact that he spent a fair amount of time crawling on his belly
under fire in the jungles of Vietnam.... and that experience would guide him on the wisdom of placing women in a combat/infantry role. As SOD he could at least slow-walk if not reverse that policy.