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Committee member: We should not vote to put at the top of the

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Committee member: We should not vote to put at the top of the military’s chain of command an individual whose history of excessive drinking is such that that person would be barred from commanding a missile wing, a bomber squadron, or a contingent of fighter jets. Leadership must be established from the top down.

The committee member’s argument conforms most closely to which one of the following principles?

(A) No one who would be barred from important jobs in an organization should lead that organization
(B) Whoever leads an organization must have served at every level in the organization
(C) Whoever leads an organization must be qualified to hold each important job in the organization
(D) No one who drinks excessively should hold a leadership position any where along the military’s chain of command
(E) No one who cannot command a missile wing should be at the top of the military’s chain of command

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Hi,
I rejected A because it mentioned “from important jobs in an organisation”, and chose D because it mentioned specifically Military’s chain of command.
“Important job” in an organisation could be anything.

Is it “anywhere” in D that makes it incorrect?

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New post 10 Apr 2019, 08:26
Doer01, (D) is wrong because it supports the statement made by the author, but it does not fit into the criteria for its line of reasoning. If this were a strengthen question, (D) would fit the bill. Further, the argument talks about history of drinking vs. just excessive drinking (maybe it was one time?). But as it stands, it cannot be our answer because it doesn't match. Lastly, we are not talking about ANY position, but top positions. As for (A), it is correct because all of the others are not fitting the bill. I even paused on (A) before I took it. In the end, it is the CLOSEST to being the original statement. Remember, our goal is to show what the person is saying, using their premises and conclusions.

One last item I want to mention: This is from an older test (22 years ago), so some of the wording has been updated over the years with LSAC, and thus may not conform 100% to what we would see today as 100% correct.
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New post 10 Apr 2019, 08:35
nightblade354 The argument says “history of drinking” and option D presents someone who DRINKS excessively. So it’s not a one time thing it seems.

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Doer01, I have amended my comment to state that the top position vs. any position, as you pointed out, is another reason to eliminate (D). There are also sufficient vs. necessary conditions being broken by (D), but this goes well beyond the GMAT and probably wouldn't help with the confusion you have expressed
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