@kurrentpcv2 I read the article and believe this author didn't say that she really knows what keeps PCVs from becoming assholes. "Who knows" was her best answer when pondering her own grade on the asshole meter. I particularly liked her exchange with Whitman's Sampler--the one where Whitman says "your time in service either makes (you) distinctly MORE of an asshole or distinctly LESS of one. And I think very little of that has to do with where you're placed". That your question suggests length of service may have something to do with asshole self-awareness makes me think Whitman may have been spot on.