Definition of adjutant general in US English:

adjutant general


  • 1The adjutant of a unit having a general staff.

    • ‘During the Civil War Gilmer held a variety of staff positions, including quartermaster and adjutant general of the Hilliard Alabama Legion.’
    1. 1.1the Adjutant General (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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For reasons now unclear, the bill was withdrawn and action on the proposal ceased on January 3, 1928; however, the Adjutant General of the Army was instructed to file all materials for potential future use.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The senior officer in the National Guard of a US state.


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