From a good article by retired Army Col. Charles Allen in Joint Forces Quarterly, advanced in Small Wars Journal: "For AY10, out of a class of 338 U.S. students, there were only 3 armor officers and 13 infantry officers."
Come again? Thirteen?
There also is a question of whether the taxpayer's dollar is being used wisely:
the average age of Active-duty selectees exceeded 46 years of age in 2009. Given that the average SLC [senior level college] officer will graduate with 23 years of service and the majority of colonels will retire at the 26-year mark, this allows only 3 years, or one assignment, to use the strategic education gained from the SLC experience.
Secretary Gates, if you are looking for cuts...
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.