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Air Force Brigadier General

O-7 General Officer, U.S. Air Force
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A Brigadier General is a General Officer in the United States Air Force at DoD paygrade O-7.

Brigadier generals have existed in the United States since the beginning of the country. Frankly speaking, brigadier generals were generals who commanded a brigade in the Army. The roles and responsibilities have expanded very much since then. For a long time, brigadier general was the highest rank in the military until the 20th century when lieutenant general, major general, and general were added. The Air Force chose to retain these general officer ranks upon separating from the Army.

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History of the Air Force

The Air Force was founded in 1947, just after WWII. It was created using most of the existing Army Air Corps that had just made significant contributions to the war effort. The Air Force is the most technological of the branches, as well as the "most business-like" (least strict). There is a general concensus in the military that quality of life for servicemembers in the Air Force is highest. Just as the Army fights land wars and the Navy fights sea wars, the Air Force was originally envisioned to fight air wars. While wars in the past 70 years couldn't be fought with aircraft alone, the age of Drones and Artificial Intelligence may cause a paradigm shift where air-only wars are possible.