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General of the Army
General of the Armies
General of the Armies of the United States


General of the Armies of the United States Washington

General of the Armies of the United States

Colonel George Washington, Virginia Regiment, was appointed
'General and Commander-in-Chief' of the Continental Army,
on 15 JUN 1775, by a unanimous vote of the Continental Congress.
 

On 03 JUL 1798, promoted to Lieutenant General.
 

On 04 JUL 1976, posthumously promoted to the newly created grade of
'General of the Armies of the United States'.
     
Congress authorized this title to make it clear that
Washington was the Army's senior general,
thus becoming a de facto "seven-star" general.

General-in-Chief Scott General-in-Chief of the United States Army

Lieutenant General Winfield Scott was the longest serving General
in United States history.
He was promoted to Brigadier General
in 1814,
 
Major General
and General-in-Chief in 1841,
 
Lieutenant General
in 1856,
 
and served until his resignation in 1861.
(GO)
 
Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers", for his demands of strict military discipline and appearance, and the "Grand Old Man of the Army"; most historians rate him the ablest American commander of his time.

General of the Army Grant

Grant
General of the Army Sherman

Sherman
General of the Army Sheridan
    Sheridan

General of the Army

Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant was conferred the new grade of 
'General of the Army'
by Congress on 25 JUL 1866.
 

William T. Sherman, Grant's successor as commanding general,
was appointed as 'General of the Army'
on 04 MAR 1869.
 

Congress enacted legislation on 01 JUN 1888 conferring on 

Philip H. Sheridan the grade of 'General of the Army'.

 

The grade was discontinued when he died, 

while still on active duty, 05 AUG 1888.

General Beauregard
Beauregard


General Bragg
Bragg

Lieut. General Forrest
Forrest


Lieut. General Hood
Hood

Lieut. General Jackson
Jackson


General Johnston
Johnston

General-in-Chief Lee
Lee


Lieut. General Longstreet
Longstreet

Major General Pickett
Pickett


Major General Stuart
Stuart
Generals of the Confederate States Army
  (The author's pick of representative CSA Generals.)

General P.G.T. Beauregard, General 

General Braxton Bragg, General 


General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Lieutenant General 

General John Bell Hood, Temporary General,
permanent appointment as Lieutenant General 


General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, Lieutenant General 

General Joseph E. Johnston, General 


General Robert E. Lee, General-in-Chief of the
Armies of the Confederate States
General James Longstreet, Lieutenant General 



(Gen. Lee was a Colonel in the U.S. Army before
the war and never wore insignia above that rank.)


General George Pickett, Major General 

General J.E.B. Stuart, Major General 

General of the Armies Pershing
General of the Armies

General John J. Pershing was made
permanent 
'General of the Armies' in 1919.  (GO)
       
General of the Armies Pershing was designated to be senior to all
U.S. Army generals, thus becoming a de facto "six-star" general in 1944.

He was given the option of creating his own insignia,
but he declined to wear more than four silver stars.

General of the Army Marshall

General of the Army MacArthur
Marshall General of the Army Eisenhower MacArthur
General of the Air Force Arnold Eisenhower General of the Army Bradley
Arnold Bradley
General of the Army, General of the Air Force
George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff and lead planner of
U.S. war strategy, promoted 'General of the Army' December 1944.
 

Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of Allies in the
Pacific Theater, promoted 'General of the Army' December 1944.
 

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allies in the
European-African-Middle Eastern Theater,
promoted 'General of the Army' December 1944.


Henry H. (Hap) Arnold, Commanding General Army Air Forces,
had the unique distinction of promotion to five-star general twice;
in 1944, as 'General of the Army'
and, in June 1949, as
'General of the Air Force'.  He is the only Air Force general to have
held the five-star rank. 


Omar N. Bradley, Commander-in-Chief of American Forces invading
Europe (Normandy), Commanding General of 12th Army Group,
and, later, Army Chief of Staff; promoted 'General of the Army' in 1950.


Farragut
Admiral Farragut
Admiral Porter
Porter
U. S. NAVY

Vice Admiral
and Admiral

David G. Farragut was the first officer in the US Navy to receive the
grades of Vice Admiral
(1864)
and Admiral
(1866).

David D. Porter was promoted as the second
Vice Admiral
(1864) and the
second Admiral,
on Farragut's death (1870).

Admiral of the Navy Dewey Admiral of the Navy

George Dewey
was conferred the new grade of
Admiral of the Navy  by Congress (1903 > 1899).
He was the only person ever to hold this grade and
the grade ceased to exist following his death in 1917.
He was the first to occupy the post which would later be known as
Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff. (GO)
      
Admiral of the Navy Dewey was designated to be senior to all 
U.S. Navy admirals, thus becoming a de facto "six-star" admiral in 1944. 

Fleet Admiral Leahy
Leahy

Fleet Admiral King
King
Fleet Admiral Nimitz
Nimitz

Fleet Admiral Halsey
Halsey
Fleet Admiral 
William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, US Army and Navy, the President of the United States, promoted December 1944.  

Ernest J. King, Commander-in-Chief US Fleet, Chief of Naval Operations, promoted December 1944.  

Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief US Pacific Fleet and Commander-in-Chief Pacific Ocean Areas for Allied air, land, and sea forces, promoted December 1944.  

William F. (Bull) Halsey, Commander US 3rd Fleet in the Pacific, promoted December 1945.
General Dunford
General Selva
General Milley Admiral Richardson
General Neller General Goldfein
General Grass     Admiral Zukunft
Today's Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC
Chairman, JCS  (GO)
 
General Paul J. Selva, USAF

Vice Chairman, JCS
 (GO)
 


General Mark A. Milley, USA

Chief of Staff of the Army  (GO)
 
Admiral John M. Richardson, USN

Chief of Naval Operations  (GO)
 


General Robert B. Neller, USMC

Commandant of the Marine Corps
(GO)
 
General David L. Goldfein, USAF
Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  (GO)
 


General Frank J. Grass, ARNG

Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  (GO)
 
Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, USCG

Commandant of the Coast Guard  
(GO)
 
(In time of war, the Commandant of the Coast Guard also advises the President and
Secretary of Defense, in addition to the Secretary of Homeland Security.)

SEAC Troxell

SMA Dailey

MCPON Stevens

SMMC Green

CMSAF Cody

 SEL Brush     MCPOCG Cantrell

Top Enlisted Advisors
Army Command Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major of the Army
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
U.S.A.F. Command Chief Master Sergeant
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard




 

CSM John W. Troxell, USA
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, JCS
(GO)



 


SMA Daniel A. Dailey, USA,
Sergeant Major of the Army
(GO)


MCPON Michael D. Stevens, USN,
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
(GO)

  

 

 

SMMC Ronald L. Green, USMC,
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
(GO)


CMSAF James A. Cody, USAF,
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
(GO)

 

 

 

CCMS Mitchell O. Brush, ANG,
Senior Enlisted Leader-National Guard Bureau
(GO)

 

MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell, USCG,
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
(GO)

 

 

 
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