Army & Navy - COMMAND: Ill-Starred?

War Secretary Stimson spoke out last week in favor of legislation to create a new, five-star rank in the U.S. Army. (The Senate has already passed a bill creating such a rank for the Navy.) The Army, like the Navy, thought it was time. U.S. generals are diffident about it, but they would like to break through the traditional ceiling of four stars—not for the extra glitter but for practical reasons.

The biggest Army in U.S. history long ago outgrew its traditional setup. As the growth of the service has created new and bigger...

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