Definition of general officer in US English:

general officer


  • An officer ranking above colonel in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps.

    • ‘As a result, lieutenant colonels, colonels, and general officers must operate in a more complex task environment than during the Cold War.’
    • ‘Its battle staff, when airborne, was under the command of a flag officer - an Air Force general officer or a Navy admiral.’
    • ‘American forces fought a continuous combined arms battle for three consecutive days, unlike any in the Army but the most senior general officer or command sergeant major had experienced.’
    • ‘It consisted of senior Air Force military and civilian logistics leaders and a retired Air Force general officer.’
    • ‘His opportunity was thrown away by what amounted to a virtual mutiny of the general officers of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, most of whom called for him to be dismissed.’
    • ‘The First Southern Brigade general officer commanding inspected the parade, which included a recital by the band of the Southern Brigade and a display of military equipment.’
    • ‘However, it should be noted that there are no general officer billets within the new functional areas.’
    • ‘It is a fundamental principle of military leadership that officers - and especially general officers - are held to a higher standard of conduct.’
    • ‘There are many officers in the embassy who are equivalent to general officers and colonels.’
    • ‘Once the province of only the most privileged general officers in the U.S. Army, it is now available to the gun-buying public in numerous forms.’
    • ‘With the exception of general officers, every officer, soldier, and unit of the army is assigned to one of the army's twenty-five basic and special branches.’
    • ‘He stood before the seven general officers from the Navy and Marine Corps sitting before him.’
    • ‘The order for its convening is at page 69 of the special case and it is issued by a general officer in the Australian Army who, on the face of it, describes himself as a ‘convening officer’.’
    • ‘Those who participated in the war, with the exception of anyone at or above the rank of general officer, are entitled to public honor for their service.’
    • ‘The commander in chief must let the general officers understand what the goal is and ask the general officers to prepare a military of high morale and high standing, capable of meeting that mission.’
    • ‘The military groups were primarily staffed by additional military officers selected by their flag or general officers, and they observed their own chain of command.’
    • ‘The President can also extend the terms of service to general officers (excepting Brigadier Generals) over and above the length of service under the law.’
    • ‘He's not the army general officer from central casting.’
    • ‘Sadly, he later commented, ‘No general officer during the rebellion was treated so unceremoniously.’’
    • ‘A court-martial may be appointed by a general officer commanding an army or a colonel commanding a department.’