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O-10 General Officer, U.S. Army
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Army O-10 General

Class General Officer
Abbr. GEN
Title General (last name)
Paygrade O-10 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-9 (NATO Code)
Salary $15400.80/mo

What is a General?

General is a four-star General Officer rank, and the highest rank attainable by an officer besides the wartime-only General of the Army rank. The Army can have a maximum of seven four-star generals at any one time, with several of these slots filled permanently, like the Army Chief of Staff, who is a four-star general. A General typically has over 30 years of Army experience, and commands all operations taking place within their geographical area.

A four-star general is nominated for office by the President, and must be confirmed for duty by the Senate before they may begin their term of service. All four-star general ranks are temporary, and are tied to the positions held by the General. Four-star generals must retire after 40 years of service or after their 64th birthday, although this deadline can be extended by the Army Chief of Staff or the President.

General is the 28th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Lieutenant General and directly below General of the Army. A general is a General Officer at DoD paygrade O-10, with a starting monthly pay of $15400.80.

What is the proper way to address a General?

The correct way to address a General named Mr. Gutierrez is "General Gutierrez", or written as GEN Gutierrez. In formal situations, a General should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a General earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level General with twenty no years of experience is $15,400.80 per month. A General receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a General's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Army General may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, hazard pay, retirement benefits, housing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Army's General compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Army General Pay Chart. A full table of the Army's current paygrades are available at the Army Pay Chart.

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