OT: A formula for winning wars?

The professionalism institutionalized by Grant, Schofield, and Sherman postwar is now positioned to take its next step into the future. From the Navy Times:
The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday.
Shades of Spoons Butler and Dan Sickles:
Having military brass that better mirrors the nation can inspire future recruits and help create trust among the general population, the commission said.
This next passage is written as if civilians have never been appointed to rank:
... the report also said the military must harness people with a greater range of skills and backgrounds in, for instance, cyber systems, languages and cultural knowledge to be able to operate in an era of new threats and to collaborate with international partners and others.
Food for thought.