General (United States)

In the United States military, a general is the most senior general-grade officer; it is the highest achievable commissioned officer rank (or echelon) that may be attained in the United States Armed Forces, with exception of the Navy and Coast Guard, which have the equivalent rank of admiral instead. The official and formal insignia of "general" is defined by its four stars (commonly silver and in a row).

General
Four-star insignia of the rank of general. Style and method of wear may vary between different uniforms and different service branches.
Country United States
Service branch
Abbreviation
  • GEN (Army)
  • Gen (Marine Corps, Air Force, and Space Force)
Rank groupGeneral officer
RankFour-star
NATO rank codeOF-9
Pay gradeO-10
Next higher rank
Next lower rankLieutenant general
Equivalent ranks

The rank of general ranks above a three-star lieutenant general and below the special wartime five-star ranks of General of the Army or General of the Air Force. The Marine Corps and Space Force do not have an established grade above general. The pay grade of general is O-10. It is equivalent to the rank of admiral in the other United States uniformed services which use naval ranks. It is abbreviated as GEN in the Army and Gen in the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Space Force.

Since the ranks of General of the Army and General of the Air Force are reserved for wartime use only, the rank of general is the highest general officer rank in peacetime.


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