While the rule is in effect for a very good reason, the waiver is also an option for a good reason. The Secretary of Defense is a position that we cannot afford to be corrupted. The general has spent many years of fully dedicated and selfless service to our country, specifically in the very line of work he's being considered to take up. There are few if any individuals in our nation more qualified. In addition to this, he is the sort of man who would not hesitate to tell the president elect that he was wrong or misguided. He would not for a moment allow himself to be more lenient to somebody just because they put him in a high position. This leaves us with a qualified, loyal, and morally strong candidate who has already made it clear that he does not take this position with an agenda, only with the interests of our nation at heart. We should not disqualify an individual of this caliber based on the perception of the man who nominated him.