It’s Admiral! Would it be too much to ask to pretend he knows or cares about the people he sends in harms way? Oh, wait, he is pretending…….
Barack Obama: ‘I’d advise that you talk to General McRaven, who’s in charge of our Special Ops. I think he has a point of view in terms of how deeply I care about what these folks do each and every day to protect our freedom.’
The difficulty with this is that William McRaven is and admiral not a general. As a SEAL, he is member of the US Navy, not US Army or US Marines.
For servicemen, ranks are important – they have worked hard and, in many cases, risked their lives, to earn them. And it’s one thing to omit a rank and another to botch the rank of the highest-ranking Special Forces operator in the country.
You know, ranks can be confusing to the people who have never served. The enlisted men among the ranks can be very confusing for the uninitiated. (But not for the Navy! For the lower enlisted, just call them semen and smile a bit!) Just kidding!
Officers are a different thing. The pay grade is easy, they’re insignia are all pretty much the same. But, you call them different things between the US Navy and the rest of the armed forces. But, it’s been like that since before the US was the US!!!
It’s not that hard. Especially for the president. It isn’t like he has to understand the differences between a captain in the Army (O-3) and a captain in the Navy(O-6) . We’re talking stars!! A star means if Navy the title Admiral is good….. all else, General. IT’S NOT COMPLICATED!!!!