Uh-oh, I mistakenly stated that Allende's UP government had co-opted Allende into its cabinet during the 1972-1973 period leading to its overthrow. I was mistaken. The UP government appointed Pinochet as General Chief of Staff in 1972, and then in 1973, elevated the august Augusto to Commander-in-Chief of the Army on August 23, 1973, less than three weeks prior to the coup.
My sincere apologies for not having recognized that Allende appointed generals of the "Schneider Doctrine" (faithful service to the constitution) to his cabinet, which generals of course were completely ineffective at thwarting the coup.
January 30, 2015