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History of the Air Force Major General Rank

A Major General is a General Officer in the United States Air Force at DoD paygrade O-8.

The major general rank has been in and out of the officer ranks since the beginning of the United States. At some times, it was also the highest rank in the military. Major general began to solidify its place as the two-star rank during the early 20th century when lieutenant general became the highest rank possible.

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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.