Four Star Officers On The Chopping Block!?

There is an item in the Armed Forces budget to reduce the number of Four Star officers in the ranks.

It is easy to fall into the agrument that we need fewer Chiefs and more Indians. The rationale is that they will trade off for more troops. The numbers do not add up. It is no savings by a long shot. What it may turn out to be is a brain drain. 

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 As Written By Leo Shane III at Military Times: 

House lawmakers want more troops in the ranks but fewer four-stars to lead them.

The proposal is part of sweeping personnel reforms included in the House Armed Services Committee draft of the annual defense authorization bill, unveiled Monday. It’s also a rebuke of what some congressional leaders see as “top-heavy command headquarters” with more support staff than they need.

To solve that, the bill includes a requirement to dump at least five of the 38 four-star posts across the armed services in coming years — the Coast Guard commandant would not be included in the list — and ensure that subordinate commanders within combatant commands serve at a grade no higher than three stars.

“The committee remains concerned that a top-heavy chain of command within the combatant commands adds unnecessary headquarters staff, adds distance and layers between commanders and warfighters, and slows decision making and agility of command,” the authorization bill’s report states.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has already suggested culling the total number of top-rank officers, but without proposals as specific as the House committee now has laid out.



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  • 2War Abn Vet

    But, we never “cull” the Washington bureaucrats.

    • Chet

      Nor the czars and special assistants to the family…

  • Koolibog

    …260 =/- days and then good riddance to the Incompetent One of the hope and change persuasion…

  • Ruckweiler

    How many general and flag officers did we have in WWII with approximately 11 million under arms? How many under arms now?

    • Chet

      And how many today of those under arms are under wraps, i.e., needless legal rules of engagement aplenty.

  • Surly Curmudgen

    There may be a silver lining in this. The republic is nearing a point where the four star types will be of great benefit to the militia.

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez II

    Reducing the brass top heavy command structure has been a goal for several decades. It’s about time to streamline the DOD, although I’d also like to see a LOT of civilian brass also go.

  • Bob

    Not to worry. They got RID of the GOOD guys a long time ago.
    All these guys are today is nothing but “yes master” boys.!
    as far as I am concerned, there has not been a “real general” since Patton!
    I worked for Westmoreland and all he did was put us in harms way fighting a “defensive war” when we could have WON!
    And when we finally did decimate the VC in Tet of 68, our WORTHLESS LEADERS cut and ran on our allies.
    We are good for that and nothing more.
    Our gov’t does not even keep its word to it’s own soldiers and veterans.
    Look at the VA debacle and that has been going on since at least 1968!
    I remember reading about the VA and US govt SCREWING over the “atomic veterans”
    GOOGLE IT and see what you come up with.!!

  • Deplorable Robert

    I never served, to my regret, but the homeland militias would greatly benefit from the true Patriots helping to get us organized for the coming domestic war. It is coming whether we like it or not. Practice, practice, practice. Keep your powders dry.

  • kunling

    Kira King: you obviously are a product of the liberal school system. You would not understand patriotism and devotion to duty like a person with a military background. Recommend you exercise your dictionary whenever you make posts. You need serious help with your spelling. I can forgive your ignorance.

  • jim scofield

    If I remember History correctly didn’t Joseph Stalin do
    the same thing before WW2 and it cost him dearly. When
    the short little Austrian with a fowl temper and a god complex.
    “O” and some members of Congress have not learned from

    • Joseph C Moore USN Ret

      A “bird” (fowl) temper? I believe you meant to type “foul” (as in nasty) temper.

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  • Dave In Arizona

    Just another of Obama trying to destroy our military.

  • Cincinnatus

    Lyin’ Ryan strikes again … another bargain with the devil. Why don’t they axe all of the sociology experiments first?