logo

Video encyclopedia

General (United States)

1:41

US Army chief of staff meets top Chinese generals

2:07

Meet the First Female Air Force General to Lead a Combat Team

1:43

The highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in combat since Vietnam has been buried with

1:31

First female Four-Star General being honored

2:36

Highest-ranking U.S. military officer takes questions on Niger ambush

In the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, and United States Air Force, general is a four-star general officer rank, with the pay grade of O-10. General ranks above lieutenant general and below General of the Army or General of the Air Force; the Marine Corps does not have an established grade above general. General is equivalent to the rank of admiral in the other uniformed services. Since the grades of General of the Army and General of the Air Force are reserved for wartime use only, and since the Marine Corps has no five-star equivalent, the grade of general is currently considered to be the highest appointment an officer can achieve in these three services.