Here’s Why Congress Wants To Fire So Many Generals
The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) recently proposed a 25% reduction across the board for general officers. The bill would cut the number of four star officers from 41 to 27, representing one of the largest reductions in modern history.
A summary of the committee’s bill states the drawdown in general officers also applies at the three, two, and one-star levels. The majority staff reasons, “Over the past 30 years, the end-strength of the joint force has decreased 38 percent, but the ratio of four-star officers to the overall force has increased by 65 percent.”
A litany of aides and other staff officers accompany each general officer, significantly bloating the number of military personnel in administrative roles. The growth in the number of administrative roles relative to the fighting force concerned the committee, who want to “shift as many personnel as possible from staff functions to operational and other vital roles.”
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WNU Editor: 41 four star officers. 21 U.S. generals leading the war effort against the Islamic State. A military that is shrinking but the number of top officers increasing. Yup .... I can understand why some cutting may be necessary .... but I doubt that when "push comes to shove" it will happen. On the bright side .... at least the Pentagon is not like Venezuela .... Venezuela Has 4,000 Generals (May 7, 2016).