Lieutenant general (United States)

In the United States Armed Forces, a lieutenant general is a three-star general officer in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Space Force.

Lieutenant general
Three-star insignia of the rank of lieutenant general. Style and method of wear may vary between different uniforms and different service branches.
Country United States
Service branch
Abbreviation
  • LTG (Army)
  • LtGen (Marine Corps)
  • Lt Gen (Air Force and Space Force)
RankThree-star
NATO rank codeOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
Next higher rankGeneral
Next lower rankMajor general
Equivalent ranks

A lieutenant general ranks above a major general[Note 1] and below a general. The pay grade of lieutenant general is O-9. It is equivalent to the rank of vice admiral in the other United States uniformed services which use naval ranks. It is abbreviated as LTG in the Army, LtGen in the Marine Corps, and Lt Gen in the Air Force and Space Force.