Another change affects position vacancy promotions to lieutenant colonel and major.
Changes in position vacancy promotion to lieutenant colonel will start with the April/June 2008 board.
However, recent board statistics place the average time for officers selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel
far greater than the minimum.
But with only 244 squadrons to command, the Air Force boasts 12,425 lieutenant colonels (maybe each of the 333 generals should control a squadron).
The inflation of lieutenant colonels and colonels has been particularly extreme: from an officer-to-enlisted-man ratio of 1 to 208 at the end of World War II to 1 to 38 today.
The bottom line is that, once retirement costs are added, taxpayers spend $8 billion a year to stockpile lieutenant colonels and colonels alone.
The lieutenant colonels fault the Salvadoran army for not adopting aggressive, small-unit tactics, and they hold the U.
To their credit, people like Hackworth and the four lieutenant colonels recognize that guerilla wars must be waged as much in the political and economic sphere as on the battlefield.
But, as the lieutenant colonels recognize, the Salvadoran military and government remain thoroughly incompetent, ineffective, and unpopular.
Visit thePentagon today and you will find the halls jammed with majors, lieutenant colonels
, and colonels spending the majority of their time as grossly overpaid filing clerks.