Posting: Duke Pedro’s Regiment
Commanding Officer’s report
Introduction: Benedick is one of the most experienced and high profile soldiers in Don Pedro’s army. He has done well in battle but it must be made clear that he is just as well-known for his sharp tongue as he is for his skills as a soldier. Benedick’s sense of humour can sometimes be seen by his commanders as showing them a lack of respect. This is probably one of the main reasons preventing such an experienced soldier from being promoted to become one of the senior officers in the army.
Issues: Benedick is a soldier who is liked by his men because of his sense of humour but this can sometimes make those he is leading take him less seriously and show him a lack of respect. As is well-known this lack of respect can lead to problems when an officer has to order his men to do things which they dislike. It sometimes seems to his commanders that Benedick is more interested in witty conversation than he is in the serious business of war and being a soldier. Unlike many soldiers of his age, Benedick remains unmarried and his commanders feel that if he could be married this might make him settle down and become a more sensible and respected person. Benedick has said he will remain a bachelor but he is known to have had a serious relationship with the Lady Beatrice in the past. He seems to have broken off the relationship which makes his fellow soldiers think he is not serious about getting married.