Does the U.S. Navy Have Too Many Admirals?

Does the U.S. Navy Have Too Many Admirals?

James L. McClane, Kevin Eyer

Security, Americas

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Today, there are more Admirals than during both World Wars. Problem? 

Key point: The Navy cannot afford, and doesn’t need, so many flag officers when there are regular personnel concerns and not enough ships to go around.

It is entirely possible that the enormous superstructure of the Navy is actually working against maintaining an effective Fleet. We seem to be mired in a time in which counterproductive institutional incentives and dynamics have developed naturally in the absence of an existential threat to focus our efforts, such as a great power competitor. One of these unhelpful dynamics has been the explosion in the numbers of flag officers.

A cursory examination of the historical record makes clear that the number of flag officers serving in the United States Navy operates independently from either the number of ships in service or the number of personnel in uniform. Today, the number of flag officers seems to be more a political concoction or of runaway administrative outgrowth, but has little to do with the sea or the ability to sustain combat operations on it.

In the U.S. Navy, with the exception of the Civil War, there were no flag officers from the American Revolution until the Spanish American War. There were ceremonial commodores when operational protocol called for them, but otherwise no flags. However, the record from the Naval Historical Center beginning with the Spanish American War going to the modern naval era is instructive:

Year

Flag Officers

Ships in Service

Flag/Ship Ratio

1899 (Spanish American War)

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