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# 5
11-02-2012, 09:02 PM
The academy rank is more symbolic than official, just like a lieutenant is "Captain" of a ship he is commissioned to command even though his actual rank is much lower. The commandant of the school could be a retired admiral or a detached commander, his is the "ultimate" command of the school but that is where his authority ends, since he is not on "active" duty he would not be able to issue orders to a line officer who is on active duty, said officer is not in his chain of command. It really wouldn't matter if the commandant is an admiral or a commander or even a civilian since his authority begins and ends with the school.