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American War Generals: The Stars Decoded

What do all those stars mean? Here's the deal.

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L Johnson
L Johnson

Wes Clark was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Viet Nam

Jerry RIJ Lt.Col., USAF (RET)
Jerry RIJ Lt.Col., USAF (RET)

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.

Reginald Allen
Reginald Allen

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) 

Jeff Etheredge
Jeff Etheredge

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.

Stephen Heckler
Stephen Heckler

@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)