At a recent forum in Fort Lauderdale, Broward School Board candidate Allen Zeman told the audience he was “promoted to the admiral rank faster than anybody in the history of the Navy.” Just one problem. Allen Zeman is not a member of the U.S. Navy. So why did Zeman (aka “The Z-Man”) leave the impression he is an admiral?
According to the Zeman campaign website, “While not deployed, he was selected to Senior Executive status at age 32 (equivalent to Navy admiral), led the Training and Education system and served on the DoD School Board.” Senior executives are not Admirals or flag officers in the Navy. References to rank or admiral status are not found in Zeman’s numerous professional bios found online.
We asked Zeman to clarify his mention of Naval rank as well as the claim to receiving the fastest promotion in the history of the Navy.
Zeman did not respond to our request for comment.