But then you have the bigger picture. The entire military is designed to take in X number of new people each year, to fill in Y number of slots with Z number leaving each year due to retirement, injuries/deaths, or just those who decide they do not want to stay in. Well, if you keep on more and more X2 individuals who are say half-way to retirement, then they are taking up that number of Y slots, which means you can not bring in more X personnel to fill in the lower positions. In the Infantry, that would be like say having so many Sergeants that you would have to field entire platoons of Sergeants. And when that happens, you have no places to put any new Privates that are recruited and trained. In a very small military that is possible, as your numbers can be very easily adjusted as you have a very small intake in the first place. Or in a very large military, where you can spread those that are technically "over rank for the position" around so it does not have as much of an impact. Either way, the solution as far as I can see is one of two things. Either you increase the size so you can absorb more of those in that situation. Or you change the TO&E to accept those higher ranks in those positions. Then of course you have to reduce the numbers coming in. Less accepted at Colorado Springs, less going through Flight School. Because there is nowhere to put those new 2nd Lieutenant pilots. Or things remain as they are. I admit, I am rather unique in that I have served in two branches, first putting on the uniform in the first Reagan Administration, and just retiring a bit ago after serving my seventh President. I have seen a hell of a lot of changes during that time, and yet many things that I still laugh at. Like remembering when a lot of the equipment we still use was brand new. When I first joined, we were getting almost brand new everything, as we were finally discarding all the old leftovers from Vietnam and everything was being upgraded. And returning 14 years later, I was shocked to see that a hell of a lot of what we used was that exact same early 1980's equipment over 2 decades later. It is not a joke when I was in PATRIOT missiles, I was the only person in my Battalion that operated a launcher that was actually older than my launcher. They were all circa 1980-1983, and this was in 2009. And it is now over a decade later, and unless something changes by the time my grandson is old enough to join the military, they will still be trying to use those same launchers.