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Rank inflation in the military

I suspect rank inflation in the military is a subject we don’t talk about enough. Is there any remedy?

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I suspect rank inflation in the military is a subject we don’t talk about enough. Is there any remedy?

I was thinking about this when I reading about a comment made in 1926 by the Chief of Research and Engineering at the Office of the Army’s Chief Signal Officer. The chief’s rank? Major. (Fwiw, he was proposing a study of whether radio microwaves might be used to detect fast aircraft. As we now know, the answer was yes.)

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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