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Ugh. You're in a hostile, siloed environment. It's the worst place for a PM to be, because you have ability but no authority, resources, or support from above. When your projects inevitably experience problems you'll be blamed.
This is a no-win situation for you. If possible, leave as soon as you can.
Thanks for the bad news. I'm at step 0 in my PM career and halfway through my service in the only career I've ever had. It just means it'll be a bit of portfolio building, freelancing, schooling, certifications, and saving. It'll give me time to either change the organization or make myself marketable enough to leave. Either way it has to get better.
This is typical for most organizations as it is extremely rare for a PM to have people "under" him.
In the non-military or non-militarized organizations however the communication is not that rigid and employees can do work at the request of other employees without having to receive an order from their commander.
In the non-military organizations it is common for someone of a lower lever to assign work to someone with a higher level. You don't have to be a boss or line manager to ask people to do work for you. In the military however things may be different.
Military organization would not change for the sake of project management so you either adapt or never work in this kind of organizations. The chain of command and doing work only by following orders is very important for these organizations.
It sounds like learning whatever you can in preparation for your next position is the best thing you can do right now. Certifications like the CAPM and PMP will instantly increase your marketability more than schooling.
My 5 year plan is to get my Business degree with minor in PM since work has tuition assistance, CAPM before the summer is done assuming I can get off my butt, and push for some projects to work up to my hour needs so I can PMP by the time the degree is done. Hopefully it won't take 5 years to go from AA to BS but two jobs and family... gotta keep those timelines realistic.
So I understand you NEED a degree (+3yrs experience) or a lot of PM experience (5 yr) to apply for PMP, correct?
Maybe paramilitary is a bit behind, but military leadership today is different than we are imagining, have a look for example
German General von Moltke promoted intent (purpose) driven commands in 1865, and the German army used it since. Other armies got to this only after WWII.
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