Cmdr I. Heartly Noah wrote:So you're saying you think this is a matter of propriety (he wanted to get rid of 'potato man" altogether) and not a matter of official office/structure?
I think it's a potential confluence of factors. Another is that to Erfworlders there is probably little day-to-day confusion between the meanings of "commander" in a given context. Since they are unlikely to have discussions about whether a given unit can or cannot lead troops—for a given unit or type, they know this all and assume knowledge of this by all—"commander" almost invariably refers to a formal title or recognition of rank.
"Can this unit command" is not a question they ask often anymore than we normally ask whether an adult can read or drive—at least in many parts of the Western world