Commentary on the state of modern Britain, plus the occasional gem about what I would do to fix it
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Too many chiefs, part two
Two years ago I quoted the crazy overmanning of officers in the British Army, at a time when overall soldier numbers are being reduced. The same applies to the Royal Navy, which is likewise being slashed of manpower -
"The Royal Navy has 15 times more commanding officers than active warships, it has been revealed. Following crippling defence cuts, there are now 40 admirals and 260 captains but just 19 ships. The statistics were exposed by Tory MP James Clappison during a defence debate in the Commons....he highlighted the plight of the Navy by revealing there are now 13 captains for every destroyer and frigate, and about two admirals – who each earn more than £100,000 a year – per warship. He said: ‘In the past the dream of a captain in the Navy might have been to command his own ship. Today, it might be that dream is simply to set foot on a ship.’"
Parkinson's Law suggests that such bureaucratic inefficiency is inevitable. It sure is when it's the officers who make the cuts - they're hardly likely to sack themselves, are they? Now if it was down to the non-commissioned ranks......