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Monday, September 18, 2006

A Job Title To End All Job Titles

From this Flag Officer Assignment announcement found at the Navy NewsStand:
Rear Adm. (lower half) Mark I. Fox is being assigned as deputy to the deputy chief of staff for political, military and economic business, Multi-National Forces Iraq. Fox is currently serving as deputy assistant to the president and director, White House Military Office, Washington, D.C.
"Deputy to the Deputy"? As an Flag Officer? I'm sure RADM Fox is a fine officer, but c'mon... this should serve as a wake-up call to everyone who sees it that the Navy just has too many Admirals. Maybe NAVPERS can come up with a "Drawdown Game" for Flags -- but of course they won't. One of the most jealously-guarded items within each service, and for each community within the services, is the number of General and Flag Officer billets they get -- no one wants to give up a slot, because that would mean they'd be perceived as becoming less important. The Navy has well over 200 Flag Officers for a force of 282 deployable battle force ships -- most of which are commanded by O-5s. The Army has 25 General Officers for each division -- or about 1 per battalion/regiment, which are also commanded by O-5s. At least the Air Force is looking at cutting their numbers of Generals -- although I doubt it will actually happen, for the aforementioned reason.

And don't even get me started on the number of O-6s with no apparent function other than to keep people below them in the chain of command from working efficiently...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly (I looked this up a couple of months ago), counting reserve admirals, we have something like 261 admirals for 280 ships. Go to the NPC website and look at the numbers (not just admirals, but O5/O6's also). I just don't understand our force structure...

9/19/2006 3:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to have flexibility to fire somebody during a crisis. That's when an extra admiral or two can come in handy. The history of war is peppered with firings.

(P.S. How many admirals would the Navy have to can to buy another Virginia class boat?)

9/19/2006 6:40 AM

Blogger Chap said...

Only way to address it is DoD-wide, using Congress to force the change.

And like that's ever going to happen.

9/19/2006 12:52 PM

Blogger Skippy-san said...

I'm glad I someone else noted that too. Mark Fox was the guy who shot down a Mig over Iraq during the first go around. He got his preferred customer card way early.

The navy could cut its flags in half and get by just fine. There are a lot of flag jobs that need to be done by Captains, Captain jobs that need to be done by Commanders and I guarantee you NONE of them are in Iraq!

9/20/2006 4:28 AM


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