Well generally, for branch to branch equivelents and explanations of Major gen and commodore etc. http://www.friesian.com/rank.htm
The highest rank Washington ever had was General (4 stars). After the rank of General of the Army(5 star) was created in WWI ,he was promted posthumously so no one would outrank him…General of the Army was created for Pershing so he would not be outranked by the Field Marshalls of the larger European armies. Later when there were several Generals of the Army, Washington was promoted to honorary General of the ArmIES, got no Idea why Pershing got that postumously too. Now we gotta promote Washington to Topdog General of the Everthangs. The fact that these are postuumous explains why they didn’t serve in those ranks g.General of the Army is the highest rank and only in wartime. There were a few in WWII. Again to rank with Field marshall,Eisenhaur,Macarthur,Bradley Omar Bradley is the last one we’ve had died in the 60’s(?) others (Patton?)There were Fleet Admirals(5 star) in WWII Halsey,uh…some others.
How generals get promoted is a mystery to this day. The Prez has to promote them
Combat experience is generally required for promotion above 1 star, de facto. Which explains why there are few female generals in general.AS of 1990, the military was aprox. 11% female. 15% of them are officers, the same as male ratio. Of the 307 generals in the army (307!!!) there were 3 F brigadier (1 star) generals, also 3 F rear admirals( one stripe,but same as 2 star,F have more ‘combat’ opportunities in Navy),2 1 stars in Air Force, and 1 marine brig. now retired.(think thats about as high as the marines go as they are part of the Navy,organised in smaller units than the army. General Motors outrnks General Foods but not when on Post,General Brands was demoted for rustling. Krisp, I generally don’t care what Nick sez ,and, generally speaking, this is the best General Question I have ever seen in General Questions.Generally they are rather generic questions about right hand threads and how thick is an aluminum brick.
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