American War Generals: The Stars Decoded
What do all those stars mean? Here's the deal.
Recall that there were five US 5-Star Generals during WWII: MacArthur, Eisenhower, Marshall, Arnold, and Bradley. I believe this rank is reserved for use only during a time of war.
Actually in the US Army a Colonel commands 3000-5000 Soldiers as a Brigade Combat Team (BCT) or Regimental commander (Infantry, Armor, Armored Cavalry (until recently)) not a Brigadier General. A Brigadier General can be an Assistant or Deputy Division Commander under the command of a Major General Division Commander. (10,000-15,000 Solders)
The above graphic states that there are no more than 7 generals on active duty in the Army at one time. Acttually, as of today there are 14. Pretty simple research to do. Their names are Dempsey, Rodriguez, Austin, Jacoby, Votel, Grass, Campbell, Scaparotti, Odierno, Allyn, Milley, Via, Brooks and Perkins.
@Jerry RIJ Lt.Col., USAF (RET) Technically it can be reinstated at any time by special act of congress, however yes it would take a significant war for the rank of GoA to be utilized again (there was talk of giving Gen. Petraeus a fifth star at one time recently)