Basically flicking through TV channels came across a Bremner,Bird and Fortune outtake on More4. Basically Bird and Fortune were doing the Satirical sit down interviews, this one was about the state of our Armed Forces. Its not exact but it went someting like this:- B. So how many ships do we have now then. F. Oh about 30. B. 30 ships hmmm, how many Officers who are Commodores or above. F. Oh I think the figure is about 106. B. Good God thats 3 for every ship. F. Well at least the ships will have an expierienced command. Now Im not sure of the number of Senior Officers, but yes I do believe its too much. Do we really need all these Senior officers. Case in point. I was in Pompey a few months back when i bumped into an old Ops Officer. Asked him how it was going in his new job. He hated working at Marbat Staff, due to the fact hes gone from being a major player on a warship to a glorified tea boy at HQ. Now what kind of organisation can afford to pay someone 50+ grand a year to do nothing. Plus I was hearing from a member of WMO that on the day they were asked to provide 4 ABs to a warship, they couldnt find anyone in the whole of devonport, but a sizable number of warfare officers got made Commander that very day. Now Im not a bitter rating with a'them and us' attitude towards the wardroom, but I am concerned that we cant man our ships with ABs/LHs. Therefore the OC of our ships is badly compromised. Surely money should be thrown at keeping our lads in, i.e. by paying them more, than having more Senior Officers increasing their already sizable pensions. Admins If Ive spoken out of turn please edit.