Major-General (United Kingdom)

Major-General (United Kingdom)

Major-General (United Kingdom)

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Major General (Maj Gen) is a senior rank in the British Army. Since 1996 the highest position within The Royal Marines is the Commandant General Royal Marines who holds the rank of Major General. The most senior officer of the Royal Army Chaplains Department, the Chaplain-General, also holds the rank of Major-General.

A Major General is superior to a Brigadier but subordinate to Lieutenant General. The rank has a NATO rank code of OF-7, equivalent to a Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy or an Air Vice-Marshal in the Royal Air Force or the air forces of many Commonwealth countries.

The rank insignia is a pip over a crossed sword and baton.

Royal Air Force usage

From the foundation of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918 to 31 July 1919, the RAF maintained a rank of major general. The rank insignia was derived from that of a Royal Navy rear-admiral and featured a broad gold stripe on the cuff below one narrow gold stripe. The two stripes were surmounted by an eagle (volant and affronty) under a king's crown. The RAF replaced its rank of major general with the rank of air vice-marshal on the 1 August 1919. The following officers held the rank of major general in the RAF:
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