Chart: 'Brass creep'

The number of generals and admirals in the U.S. military has declined only slightly since the end of the Cold War, even though the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are much smaller overall. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says he wants to cut at least 50 slots for generals and admirals over the next two years.

 Line graph shows the number of generals and admirals in the U.S. military has declined only slightly since the end of the Cold War.

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