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Vice admiral (United States)

This article is about a United States Navy rank. For other countries that use a Vice Admiral rank, see Vice Admiral.

Vice admiral (abbreviated as VADM) is a three-star commissioned officer rank in the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, with the pay grade of O-9. Vice admiral ranks above rear admiral and below admiral. Vice admiral is equivalent to the rank of lieutenant general in the other uniformed services.

Vice admiral
Flag of the vice admiral of the Unrestricted Line, United States Navy.
The shoulder stars, shoulder boards, and sleeve stripes of a U.S. Navy vice admiral of the "line".
CountryUnited States of America
Service branch
AbbreviationVADM
RankThree-star
NATO rank codeOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
Formation1864
Next higher rankAdmiral
Next lower rankRear admiral
Equivalent ranksLieutenant general (uniformed services of the United States)

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United States Code explicitly limits the total number of vice admirals that may be on active duty at any given time. The total number of active-duty flag officers is capped at 162 for the navy. For the Navy, no more than 16.7% of the service's active-duty flag officers may have more than two stars. Some of these slots can be reserved by statute. Officers serving in certain Defense Agency Director positions such as the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), when filled by a naval officer, are vice admirals. The Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy is usually a vice admiral, either upon nomination or shortly thereafter. The President may also add vice admirals to the Navy if they are offset by removing an equivalent number of three-star officers from other services. Finally, all statutory limits may be waived at the President's discretion during time of war or national emergency.

The three-star grade goes hand-in-hand with the position of office it is linked to, so the rank is temporary. Officers may only achieve three-star grade if they are appointed to positions that require the officer to hold such a rank. Their rank expires with the expiration of their term of office, which is usually set by statute. Vice admirals are nominated for appointment by the President from any eligible officers holding the rank of rear admiral (lower half) or above, who also meet the requirements for the position, under the advice or suggestion of the Secretary of Defense, the applicable service secretary, or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The nominee must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate before the appointee can take office and thus assume the rank. The standard tour length for most vice admiral positions is three years but some are set four or more years by statute.

Extensions of the standard tour length can be approved, within statutory limits, by their respective service secretaries, the Secretary of Defense, the President or Congress but these are rare, as they block other officers from being promoted. Some statutory limits under the U.S. Code can be waived in times of national emergency or war. Three-star ranks may also be given by act of Congress but this is extremely rare.

Other than voluntary retirement, statute sets a number of mandates for retirement. Three-star officers must retire after 38 years of service unless appointed for promotion or reappointed to grade to serve longer. Otherwise all flag officers must retire the month after their 64th birthday. The Secretary of Defense, however, can defer a three-star officer's retirement until the officer's 66th birthday and the president can defer it until the officer's 68th birthday.

Flag officers typically retire well in advance of the statutory age and service limits, so as not to impede the upward career mobility of their juniors. Since there is a finite number of three-star slots available to each service, typically one officer must leave office before another can be promoted. Maintaining a three-star rank is a game of musical chairs; once an officer vacates a position bearing that rank, he or she has no more than 60 days to be appointed or reappointed to a job of equal or higher importance before he or she must involuntarily retire. Historically, officers leaving three-star positions were allowed to revert to their permanent two-star ranks to mark time in lesser jobs until statutory retirement, but now such officers are expected to retire immediately to avoid obstructing the promotion flow.

  • U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, USPHSCC, NOAACOC shoulder insignia

  • The collar stars, shoulder boards, and sleeve stripes of a U.S. Coast Guard vice admiral

  • The collar stars, shoulder boards, and sleeve stripes of a U.S. Public Health Service vice admiral

  • The collar stars, shoulder boards, and sleeve stripes of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vice admiral

  • Rank flag of a U.S. Coast Guard vice admiral (unrestricted line officer)

  • Rank flag of a U.S. Public Health Service vice admiral (surgeon general)

  • Rank flag of a NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps vice admiral

  1. 10 U.S.C. § 526
  2. 10 U.S.C. § 525
  3. [1] Pub.L. 110-181: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
  4. [2] Pub.L. 110-181: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 full text
  5. 10 U.S.C. § 527
  6. 10 U.S.C. § 601
  7. 10 U.S.C. § 636
  8. 10 U.S.C. § 1253
  9. [3] DoD News Briefing on Thursday, June 6, 1996. Retirement of Admiral Leighton W. Smith Jr.

Vice admiral (United States)
Vice admiral United States Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about a United States Navy rank For other countries that use a Vice Admiral rank see Vice Admiral Vice admiral abbreviated as VADM is a three star commissioned officer rank in the United States Navy the United States Coast Guard the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps with the pay grade of O 9 Vice admiral ranks above rear admiral and below admiral Vice admiral is equivalent to the rank of lieutenant general in the other uniformed services Vice admiralFlag of the vice admiral of the Unrestricted Line United States Navy The shoulder stars shoulder boards and sleeve stripes of a U S Navy vice admiral of the line Country United States of AmericaService branchUnited States NavyUnited States Coast GuardUnited States Public Health Service Commissioned CorpsNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer CorpsAbbreviationVADMRankThree starNATO rank codeOF 8Non NATO rankO 9Formation1864Next higher rankAdmiralNext lower rankRear admiralEquivalent ranksLieutenant general uniformed services of the United States Contents 1 Statutory limits 2 Appointment and tour length 3 Retirement 4 Gallery 5 See also 6 ReferencesStatutory limits EditUnited States Code explicitly limits the total number of vice admirals that may be on active duty at any given time The total number of active duty flag officers is capped at 162 for the navy 1 For the Navy no more than 16 7 of the service s active duty flag officers may have more than two stars 2 3 4 Some of these slots can be reserved by statute Officers serving in certain Defense Agency Director positions such as the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency DLA when filled by a naval officer are vice admirals The Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy is usually a vice admiral either upon nomination or shortly thereafter The President may also add vice admirals to the Navy if they are offset by removing an equivalent number of three star officers from other services 2 Finally all statutory limits may be waived at the President s discretion during time of war or national emergency 5 Appointment and tour length EditThe three star grade goes hand in hand with the position of office it is linked to so the rank is temporary Officers may only achieve three star grade if they are appointed to positions that require the officer to hold such a rank 6 Their rank expires with the expiration of their term of office which is usually set by statute 6 Vice admirals are nominated for appointment by the President from any eligible officers holding the rank of rear admiral lower half or above who also meet the requirements for the position under the advice or suggestion of the Secretary of Defense the applicable service secretary or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 6 The nominee must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate before the appointee can take office and thus assume the rank 6 The standard tour length for most vice admiral positions is three years but some are set four or more years by statute Extensions of the standard tour length can be approved within statutory limits by their respective service secretaries the Secretary of Defense the President or Congress but these are rare as they block other officers from being promoted Some statutory limits under the U S Code can be waived in times of national emergency or war Three star ranks may also be given by act of Congress but this is extremely rare Retirement EditOther than voluntary retirement statute sets a number of mandates for retirement Three star officers must retire after 38 years of service unless appointed for promotion or reappointed to grade to serve longer 7 Otherwise all flag officers must retire the month after their 64th birthday 8 The Secretary of Defense however can defer a three star officer s retirement until the officer s 66th birthday and the president can defer it until the officer s 68th birthday Flag officers typically retire well in advance of the statutory age and service limits so as not to impede the upward career mobility of their juniors Since there is a finite number of three star slots available to each service typically one officer must leave office before another can be promoted 9 Maintaining a three star rank is a game of musical chairs once an officer vacates a position bearing that rank he or she has no more than 60 days to be appointed or reappointed to a job of equal or higher importance before he or she must involuntarily retire 6 Historically officers leaving three star positions were allowed to revert to their permanent two star ranks to mark time in lesser jobs until statutory retirement but now such officers are expected to retire immediately to avoid obstructing the promotion flow Gallery Edit U S Navy U S Coast Guard USPHSCC NOAACOC shoulder insignia The collar stars shoulder boards and sleeve stripes of a U S Coast Guard vice admiral The collar stars shoulder boards and sleeve stripes of a U S Public Health Service vice admiral The collar stars shoulder boards and sleeve stripes of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vice admiral Rank flag of a U S Coast Guard vice admiral unrestricted line officer Rank flag of a U S Public Health Service vice admiral surgeon general Rank flag of a NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps vice admiralSee also Edit War portal List of active duty United States three star officers List of United States Navy vice admirals on active duty before 1960 List of United States Navy three star admirals since 2010 List of United States Navy tombstone vice admirals U S Navy officer rank insigniaReferences Edit 10 U S C 526 a b 10 U S C 525 1 Pub L 110 181 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 2 Pub L 110 181 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 full text 10 U S C 527 a b c d e 10 U S C 601 10 U S C 636 10 U S C 1253 3 DoD News Briefing on Thursday June 6 1996 Retirement of Admiral Leighton W Smith Jr Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vice admiral United States amp oldid 1052460559, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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