One connotation of the term is that the creators of the "catch-22" situation have created arbitrary rules in order to justify and conceal their own abuse of power. " Yossarian demanded, stamping about in anger and distress. " "They don't have to show us Catch-22," the old woman answered.
Joseph Heller coined the term in his 1961 novel Catch-22, which describes absurd bureaucratic constraints on soldiers in World War II. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy." There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. "The law says they don't have to." "What law says they don't have to?
If it is found to be reasonably safe and effective, it will be accepted.
But assertions, speculation, and testimonials do not substitute for evidence.
Everyone, then, who deals with organizations understands the bureaucratic logic of Catch-22.
The "Catch-22" is that "anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy".
Hence, pilots who request a mental fitness evaluation are sane, and therefore must fly in combat.
This will only happen if he is evaluated by the squadron's flight surgeon and found "unfit to fly".
"Unfit" would be any pilot who is willing to fly such dangerous missions, as one would have to be mad to volunteer for possible death.
At the same time, if an evaluation is not requested by the pilot, he will never receive one and thus can never be found insane, meaning he must also fly in combat.