- In the United States and many other nations, their Army, Air Force and Marine Corps use an officer rank designation of General.
However, as with other officer designations, there are several grades or ranks for General, and the ones below relate to the United States Army.
A Brigadier General is denoted by one star, and historically commands a Brigade, which is composed of various battalions.
A Major General is denoted by 2-stars and commands division sized units, typically 10,000 to 15,000 troops.
A Lieutenant General is denoted by 3-stars and commands corps size units of 20,000 to 45,000 troops.
A General, also called a 4-star general, commands a geographic area but not troops per se.
A General of the Army (GOA) is denoted by 5-stars and is only used to denote an officer whose rank is higher than that of cooperating nations' generals. The US has not had a GOA since World War Two.
For the army rank(s) of General, as opposed to the specific rank of Army General, see General officer
is a similar to General of the Army and is a title used in many countries to denote the rank of General nominally commanding an Army in the field. Army General is normally the highest rank used in peace time.
The equivalent position in the Commonwealth
, and several other countries is simply termed "General".
The title "Army General" should not be confused with the rank......