Lind is trying to get me to enter the same grade of officership with himself.
There had been plenty of criticism of the fact that a "plebe" should have risen so quickly to an officership.
Without it their officership will be like a body without a soul, or like a locomotive without any power.
When the heart of the organization is sound, officership is able to see its own reflection in the eyes of the enlisted man.
early 14c., "one who holds an office" (originally a high office), from Old French oficier "officer, official" (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin officarius "an officer," from Latin officium "a service, a duty" (see office). The military sense is first recorded 1560s. Applied to petty officials of justice from 16c.; U.S. use in reference to policemen is from 1880s.