general officer

noun

Definition of general officer 

: any of the officers in the army, air force, or marine corps above colonel — compare company officer, field officer, flag officer

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The congratulatory peck has gone by the wayside, as dozens of women have since become general officers. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Anna Mae Hays, nurse who became U.S. military’s first female general, dies at 97," 8 Jan. 2018 The Army elected to issue general officer memorandums of reprimand to the three soldiers involved, said Adrienne M. Combs, an Army spokeswoman. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. troops punished for contact with foreign women during White House trip but not court-martialed," 18 Jan. 2018 Removal for loss of confidence typically kills the career of a general officer. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Marine Corps general fired for calling sexual harassment claims "fake news"," 16 Apr. 2018 Unlike many of his fellow general officers, Flynn attended a state university rather than West Point but nevertheless rose rapidly as an intelligence officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. James Bamford, The New Republic, "Anti-Intelligence," 19 Mar. 2018 But even with this success, McMaster was only promoted to general officer rank at the insistence of his mentor, Gen. David Petraeus , who admired his skills. chicagotribune.com, "McMaster's problem isn't Trump. It's Mattis and Kelly.," 7 Mar. 2018 Ryan Dillon told Pentagon reporters on Thursday that U.S. and Russian general officers shared maps, graphics and information about where their forces are battling around Deir el-Zour. Washington Post, "US, Russian militaries hold unprecedented talks on Syria," 21 Sep. 2017 Xi's nationwide campaign against graft and corruption has not spared the PLA, with general officers sacked for taking bribes and enriching themselves at the expense of the armed services. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Leader Calls on His Military to Become the World's Best by 2050," 24 Oct. 2017 Generations of general officers like Kelly cultivated the exclusively male warrior Marine ideal at the exclusion of women. Kate Germano, Washington Post, "John Kelly said ‘women were sacred.’ That attitude perpetuates the military’s culture of misogyny.," 24 Oct. 2017

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1681, in the meaning defined above

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