I admit up front that I know very little about the military. We all know the American Dream, to build yourself up from nothing into a success story, and at one time the American Dream was real. For some reason I was under the impression that there is a military version of the American Dream, where a lowly private could rise through the ranks to a general. Today I was talking with someone who's more knowledgable about military history than I am and his opinion was that now, as in most of history, military leaders are groomed and come from a more elite class than the average grunt. Has it ever been common, in modern times or in history, for uneducated peasants to rise through to the top of military ranks because they possessed incredible military acumen and were given the opportunity to demonstrate it?