Army & Navy: The Admirals

In the Navy, an officer fit for top command must be 1) well weathered, 2) a graduate of Annapolis. A composite picture of the flag officers who run the Navy —from statistics on officer personnel released this week—would be a man who was graduated from the Naval Academy around the beginning of the century, sailed in 1907 on the U.S. Fleet's chesty globe-girdling cruise, commanded a warship in World War I, is now a frosty-haired veteran of 57. More than likely, he is not an aviator.

His opposite number, a general officer in the Army,...

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