One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural adjutants general
1A high-ranking administrative officer in an army.
- ‘The Army's Adjutant General, Lt Gen Freddie Viggers, inspected the young soldiers from all over Britain and took the salute as they graduated from the college.’
- ‘He served as an adjutant general in the first Gulf War.’
- ‘Col Gordon Somerville receives the OBE for his service as the officer principal, military secretariat at the headquarters of the Adjutant General at Upavon.’
- ‘A briefing paper from November 1972, written for the Adjutant General of the Army explained how the system worked.’
- ‘Macdonald's telegram to the Adjutant General in Calcutta, sent late in the evening, was the first to give details of how the firing had begun.’
- 1.1 (in the US army) the chief administrative officer.
- ‘In 1926 and again the next year, he wrote plaintive letters to the army's adjutant general wondering how it was that the Private had received a Medal of Honor so long after the fact.’
- ‘Once again in Washington, Patton wrote a report to the Adjutant General and stressed the advantages of Clery's system over the methods used in the U.S. Army.’
- ‘State military forces under the control of the Adjutant General may assist neighboring states in responding to natural disasters and homeland security mission where bilateral agreements exist.’
- ‘The Adjutant General replied that by the strictures of the 1918 act of Congress, no award could be made after three years had elapsed since the performance of the deed.’
- ‘For reasons now unclear, the bill was withdrawn and action on the proposal ceased on January 3, 1928; however, the Adjutant General of the Army was instructed to file all materials for potential future use.’
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