What’s far more important is actually getting results. Their actual ability and competence is far more important than how fun they are to work with. Lewes and the Experimentals do their job.
And yet we still do them. The point is, you can’t blame Lewes for being a bit resentful.
But there’s no evidence that he is incompetent either. So why assume that he is? Because he, an infantry officer who is used to sneaky ambushes from cover, decided that was the best approach approach to take on an attacking force?
The ‘best’ plan for that situation is literally: “Let’s do the exact same thing, but use a cavalry charge instead”, and has the potential to turn out even worse if your discipline isn’t high enough.
I’d say the fact that the Experimentals served with distinction and played a vital role at 2K is solid evidence of his competence.
The point is that mistakes are inevitable and can be fixed as time goes on. That said, I really don’t see how being friendly with his men is a ‘mistake’ when he has already shown that won’t stop him from ordering them to their deaths. Sure, the late-night drinking was irresponsible, but many other men (and even some officers) had been doing that as well.
Except it doesn’t. He follows your orders just fine.
Because every Baneblooded officer has had a problem with him. Reyes and the MC are the exceptions.
Don’t get me wrong, he could do with scaling back his attitude and not making such assumptions, but he’s also not the only person in the world who pre-judges people based on their background/appearance. In this case I personally can tolerate it because he actually gets shit done.