Lieutenant general (United States)

Lieutenant General (United States)

Lieutenant general (United States)

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This article is about a United States military rank. For other countries that use a similar rank, see Lieutenant General.
In the United States Army, the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps, lieutenant general (abbreviated as Lt Gen in the Air Force, LtGen in the Marine Corps and as LTG in the Army) is a three-star general officer rank, with the pay grade of O-9. Lieutenant general ranks above major general and below general. Lieutenant general is equivalent to the rank of vice admiral in the other uniformed services.

Statutory limits

The United States Code explicitly limits the total number of generals that may be concurrently active to 230 for the Army, 208 for the Air Force, and 60 for the Marine Corps. Some of these slots are reserved by statute. For example, the Army and the Air Force, the Surgeon General and the Judge Advocate General Pub.L. 110-181: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...
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