general officer


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

Examples of general officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The executive order also requires a general officer appointed by the National Guard Bureau and approved by Evers to oversee implementation of the changes by Sept. 1, 2020, and report monthly to Evers regarding that progress. Katelyn Ferral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin National Guard chief resigns after report shows sexual assault investigations violated state and federal laws," 9 Dec. 2019 Long-standing tradition says that, to protect the principle of civilian control over the military, general officers should not resign in protest against lawful orders given by the president. Noah Feldman, Twin Cities, "Noah Feldman: Trump, the Navy SEAL and the Trident Pin," 29 Nov. 2019 After Assembly members voiced concern that data did not back up the assertion that the trails were a center of crime or danger, the administration changed the wording to make them general officers, giving the police department more discretion. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Assembly OKs $540M budget with boost in homeless services and more police," 21 Nov. 2019 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., "McMaster's problem isn't Trump. It's Mattis and Kelly.," 7 Mar. 2018

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1681, in the meaning defined above

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“General officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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