What do admirals do? They are heads of a military branch and have a variety of responsibilities. However, admirals are rarely involved in day-to-day operations, except when they are on-board conducting operations. Some people believe that admirals are the leaders of an army or navy, but in reality they are just high-ranking officers who control other officers.
Admirals are one of the higher ranks in any navies. In the US and the Commonwealth countries, an “admiral” is equivalent to a senior general in the Air Force, the navy or the Marine Corps and is therefore above junior grade and below rear admirals and in most cases, even above colonels. In NATO, admirals also have a rank code similar to that of the ranking officers in the Navy. All admirals are allowed to be military grade officers. In addition, they can be admirals of varying grades, depending upon where they begin their careers.
How are admirals ranked? There is no clear ranking system in place, but in many cases, junior grade (junior officer) to rear admirals ( rear officer) are usually interchangeable. For example, if an admiral is promoted to rear admirals, their promotion is honored as such and they become a rear admiral ( Rear Admiraples). Conversely, junior grade (senior officer) to rear admirals is not always the same.
Why are admirals of varying grades and ranks allowed to wear different colors? Two reasons. One reason is that the qualifications of admirals are different than those of other flag officers. For example, four-star admirals must be commissioned at least three years after graduation from college and must be actively involved in the defense industry. The other reason is that four star admirals are generally considered “inactive” in the military, meaning that they do not participate in any warfighting, but are still required to report for duty once called upon.
What colors are allowed for admirals to wear? Just as the color of a naval officer’s uniform is allowed to be different than that of a Coast Guard or Marine Corps officer, so are the colors that admirals can wear. Four star and five-star officers can wear all colors, but only one four star is permitted to wear the same rank as the Vice admiral (the same rank that is worn by both the rear admirals and vice admirals). Additionally, five star officers are prohibited from wearing any color that belongs to the color scheme of another branch of the military. A five star admiral would therefore be prohibited from wearing blue dress pants and a white captain’s cap if he were a part of a combatant squadron.
What is the standing of a naval aide or chief petty officer? The chief petty officer, otherwise known as the CPO, is a direct subordinate of the Rear Admiral. He performs a variety of duties such as preparing and ordering supplies for a carrier group, inspecting the ship during a battle, and conducting petty unit maneuvers. A petty officer needs to be a graduate of midship or an equivalent rank in the Navy or the Air Force and be in good health.