Military Promotions

Why is it that the Armed Services’ Top Brass are not typical of the Officer Corps?

With the dawning of the Space Age and the development of guided missiles, the number of pilots in the Air Force has dropped steadily—until today fewer than one of three officers is a flier. When it comes to top brass, however, pilots still dominate the highest ranks: More than four out of five Air Force generals are fliers. A similar pattern, although not so striking, exists in the other military services. Certain favored branches win a disproportionate share of the top promotions.

These patterns cast disturbing doubts on the fairness of promotions in the armed services’ officer corps.

In “Military Promotions,” a new category of the Military Truth blog, we share posts that explore this troubling phenomemon.

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