Unless your job requires you to work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, its all too possible to reach Admiral without even trying. Even THEN its a possibility.
That's crazy. I've been playing since headstart, on average about 3 hours a day, and I'm Com 2. With work, paying at least some attention to the wife, and not dealing with kids, that is a serious investment of time.
You rear admirals make me think of the comic book guy from the simpsons. I know that probably isn't fair, but I can't imagine how you got there so fast without being basement dwellers.