Who is Hikaru Saeki?

Introduction Hikaru Saeki (佐伯 光, Saeki Hikaru, 03 April 1943 to Present) is the first female admiral of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the first female in the entire Japan Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) to achieve star rank. Originally an obstetrician-gynaecologist with the degree of M.D., Saeki joined the JMSDF in 1989. After her… Read More

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What are the Retention Rates for Graduates of the HCSC?

Each year the Ministry of Defence (MOD) runs a Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) for those officers it has identified as the most talented and who are expected to reach senior rank. Most attendees are OF-5 and a few are OF-6. Retention rates for graduates of the HCSC were: 2007-2011: 25% had left the… Read More