Posted BY: Larry Johnson
This is a companion piece to If You Think The United States Is Ready For A Conventional War With Russia or China, Think Again.
The United States Navy continues to boast that it is a powerhouse, “with the largest navy in the world, with over 300,000 personnel”
So, how many admirals are currently in the US Navy? The answer is: a lot. As of June 2017, there are 944 active duty admirals in the US Navy. This includes the Vice Admiral (2-star), Rear Admiral (Upper Half) (1-star), and Rear Admiral (Lower Half) (1-star) ranks. The majority of these admirals are in the upper ranks, with only a handful in the lower ranks. The reason for this is simple: the higher ranks come with more responsibility. There are more flag officers (admirals and generals) in the Navy than any other service, and they are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the fleet.
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Another data source, STATISTA, reports that there are only 229 Admirals. Let us go with the 229 figure.
So, how does “229 active duty admirals in the US Navy” today stack up with the number of flag officers in the US Navy in World War II? The answer is shocking — there were 256!