When the Navy was a lot larger-a lot of these billets did not exist, and we where an organization that was 200,000 people bigger and 300 ships bigger. Yet we still got ships deployed. Why does it take so many flag officers to do so now?
It doesn’t-and you know it. More importantly they know it. They also know that unless they are issued a preferred customer card early-or start piling up sacrificial bodies like cord wood ( Yes Admiral Harvey that remark is directly targeted at you) they know they are finished at one star or two star. That’s not exactly a reformist proposition for people who have spent 30+ years on an ambitious track.
425 Flag Officers for a Navy with less than 290 ships? And yet there are plans afoot to
gut cut the critical mid-grade enlisted leadership ranks because of over-retention by almost 19% (3,000 will need to go home). Anyone think we’ll see 80 Admirals go home at the same time?
I didn’t think so either…
The Navy is out of balance and this problem begets other problems.
Amen & amen — preach on Brother Skippy, preach on.