How did he ever reach the rank of major to start with?

Defence Secretary Liam Fox
Defence Secretary Liam Fox

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When 38 long-serving soldiers were informed by e-mail their careers were over, suspicion fell upon the legion of pen-pushers at the Ministry of Defence.

Yet the man who did the dirty deed was an officer – a so-called ‘career manager’ by the name of Major Andy Simpson.

The result of his callous behaviour was a grovelling apology from Defence Secretary Liam Fox and a claim that Simpson himself was ‘devastated’ by what he had done. Before the top brass decide the fate of this man, they have one simple question to answer.

How on earth did he reach the rank of major to begin with?