An article in the November 4 Time magazine argued that the US military is way too top-heavy.
- During World War 2, we had 2000 generals and admirals, 1 for every 6000 troops. Now we have 900 generals and admirals–1 for every 1500 troops.
- During WW2, we had 1 officer for every 8 enlisted men. Now, it’s 1 for every 5.
The glut of officers leads to unnecessary bureaucracy to keep officers busy with questionable work. The Army says the 20-year pension requirement keeps too many mediocre officers around.
Higher-paid officers require higher benefits. One retired Marine officer says, “We’re going to turn the Department of Defense into a benefits company that occasionally kills a terrorist.”
Interesting stuff to think about.