Generals/Admirals…. What’s The Difference?


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…….

Obama Botches Rank Of Top Navy SEAL

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!)  Open-mouthed smile  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!!!!

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22 Responses to Generals/Admirals…. What’s The Difference?

  1. No surprise. But I’ve never been one that thought he was intelligent.

  2. suyts says:

    I agree. If the U.S. elects Obama again, it signifies giving up. We’re not done.

  3. leftinbrooklyn says:

    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. Like, when Commander McCrow & I led that super secret SEA LION team thru the jungles of the Malvinas to kill Osama Hussein Bill Laden. And stuff. Is this Teleprompter on?’

  4. Jim Masterson says:

    It’s not that hard. Especially for the president.

    Those of us who have served, don’t really expect civilians to understand rank and grade (and rate). You would think that the President would try to learn proper forms of military address.

    Even in the military, we don’t always get it right. When I was a student Naval aviator in advanced flight, we were planning on flying to an Air Force base. This particular base required a PPR number (prior permission required).

    I called them and said, “This is Ensign Masterson. I’m arriving on so and so date and would like a PPR number.” The airman asked me for my rank. I said “Ensign.” He said, “I have your first name. What’s your rank.” I then said, “2nd lieutenant.”

    My instructor said when calling an Air Force base, that I should have said “Captain.” (My instructor was a Navy lieutenant (O-3).) That way they treat you better. If they get confused and think you’re a Navy captain–so much the better.


    • suyts says:

      Nice one! I was going to add some anecdotal experiences myself, but, it led me to a very heavy and unwieldy post, so I deleted a couple of pages.

    • philjourdan says:

      And unlike Politicians, the Military REALLY does earn their titles. The least we can do is be respectful of their rank.

  5. Vickie says:

    Yes, us that have never been in the service get confused. But for our own President to not know, that is crazy. He has all the (SUPPOSE TO BE IMPORTANT PEOPLE), that can research all this before he opens his mouth. 😦

    • suyts says:

      Worse, ideally he sees our generals and admirals on a semi regular basis. How does he address them when he’s conversing with them? “Hey you”?

      • kim2ooo says:

        Well..we KNOW Mr Biden addresses them as – “Ya All”

      • Jim Masterson says:

        The advice Clinton got from Bush 41 was to learn how to salute properly. Clinton ignored him initially but later decided to actually learn how to salute properly. You can see his before and after salutes. The first ones were like he was waving a dead fish. Evidently the criticism was enough to make him learn how to salute. You can’t criticize our current POTUS–he knows it all.


  6. Bruce says:

    Perhaps that’s why he no longer attends D-Day Monument ceremonies. Military dyslexia. He should get someone to train TOTUS to tell the ranks apart for him. Or it could be the first year he thought it was the D for Democrat Day Monument, and gave up attending only when he saw all these people in strange uniforms.

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