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The Elite Group of Four-Star Admirals

Typically, a flag officer (a general or admiral) serves anywhere from 25 to 30 years before even being considered for promotion to three- or four-star ranks. This professional lifetime of service is not spent merely marking time but is consistently filled with outstanding performance and superior service.

Only a minute number of officers achieve flag rank and even fewer achieve three- and four-star rank.

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Additionally, the Senate Armed Services Committee must confirm all senior flag officer nominations by the president before the officer can be promoted.

Perhaps of greater service to the taxpayers would be a review of all departing members of Congress to see if they warrant retirement with full allowances and benefits. Scott M. Hathaway Alexandria, Va.,

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