Marine Lieutenant approached the crusty old Sergeant Major and
asked him about the origin of the commissioned officers
"Well, Lieutenant, it's history and tradition. First,
we give you a gold bar representing that you're valuable BUT
malleable. The silver bar of a 1st Lieutenant represents value,
but less malleable. When you make Captain, you're twice as valuable
so we give you two silver bars.
As a Colonel, you soar over military masses, hence the eagle.
As a General, you're obviously a star. That answer your question?"
"Yeah, but what about Majors and Lieutenant Colonels?"
"Now that goes waaaaaay back in history. Back to the
Garden of Eden even. You see, we've always covered our pricks