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


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