Rank has its privileges

The U.S. armed forces are downsizing the number of troops, yet the number of generals and admirals remains the same.  WTKR, a broadcasting station serving Hampton Roads, Va., and northeastern North Carolina, reported that the Navy has more admirals than ships.

These four-star officers come with high maintenance costs.  They typically have their own chefs, chauffeurs and private secretaries, with private jets at the ready.

High rank does and should have its privileges.  People exercising command responsibilities shouldn’t have to shine their own boots.  But Virginia’s Senator John Warner and former Senator James Webb rightly wonder whether this is getting out of hand.

Click on Enlisted sailors forced out while Navy has more admirals than ships for the full WTKR report.

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