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How many have held the military rank of General of the Army? The highest rank in the military?

I know George Washington was one, but know of no other.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The rank of General of the Armies is considered senior to General of the Army, and was bestowed on only one officer, John J. Pershing, in 1919 for his services in World War I.

    When the five-star rank of General of the Army was introduced, it was decided that General Pershing (still living at the time) would be superior to all the newly-appointed Generals of the Army. Then-Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson was asked whether Pershing was therefore a six-star general. Stimson stated:

    It appears the intent of the Army was to make the General of the Armies senior in grade to the General of the Army. I have advised Congress that the War Department concurs in such proposed action.

    George Washington was posthumously appointed to the rank of "General of the Armies of the United States" in 1976 as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations. According to Public Law 94-479, General of the Armies of the United States is established as having "rank and precedence over all other grades of the Army, past or present," clearly making it distinctly superior in grade to General of the Army. 6 star

    The insignia for General of the Army, as created in 1944, consisted of five stars in a pentagonal pattern, with points touching.

    The five officers who have held the 1944 version of General of the Army were

    • George Marshall 16 December 1944

    • Douglas MacArthur 18 December 1944

    • Dwight D. Eisenhower 20 December 1944

    • Henry H. Arnold 21 December 1944

    • Omar Bradley 20 September 1950

    Note Montgommery was made Field marshal before DDay making him the Highest ranking allied officer in ww2 as his boss was the King

    there fore Monty was Gereral of the Armies 6 star which is for Life most 5 stars were demoted after the War

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  • 4 years ago

    In the Army, that would be General of the Armies. There have only ever been two, and one was appointed such almost 200 years after he died. The Naval equivalent is the Admiral of the Navy; there has only ever been one, and the rank was disestablished with his death. Somewhat more common, although there are none today, are Fleet Admirals and Generals of the Army. There were four and five of those, respectively, and one was converted to a General of the Air Force. It is highly unlikely that these five-star ranks would be revived outside a major war. The highest rank currently attainable is O-10, the four-star general or admiral. One does not "rank up" in the military. One is promoted. Let's look at a four-star general's career to see how one might be promoted to this rank. In addition to the various commands he has held, he was a distinguished honor graduate at USMA, earned an MPA and PhD from Princeton, was a top graduate from the Command and General Staff College, and has a number of badges and a Ranger tab.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    five

    • George Marshall 16 December 1944

    • Douglas MacArthur 18 December 1944

    • Dwight D. Eisenhower 20 December 1944

    • Henry H. Arnold 21 December 1944

    • Omar Bradley 20 September 1950

    During the American Revolutionary War George Washington was the highest ranking officer of the Continental Army, and he held the title of "General and Commander in Chief" of the Continental Army. He wore three stars on his epaulets

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Rank of 5 Star General can only be awarded in a time of war and the previously mentioned Generals have attained that rank. It is not permanent and is immediately done away with once operations are complete.

    The rank of "General" however, is commonly referred to as a "Four Star General." Hundreds have achieved this rank.

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  • Washington and Pershing where the only General of the Armies, which outranks the other 5 already mentioned who where General of the Army. Washington got this honor bestowed upon him after Pershing was promoted to that status, but congress backdated Washington's orders so that no one would ever outrank him.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Even though there is a fifth star it is really only a concept rank. It was implemented so that the combatant commanders on the ground would be senior to other General's of our allied forces and would ultimately run the show.

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