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History of the Army Brigadier General Rank

A Brigadier General is a General Officer in the United States Army at DoD paygrade O-7.

The use of the title of “Brigadier General” dates back to the Age of Mercantilism when the British Empire used the term to denote an officer in charge of a brigade while the French used the term “General de Brigade” to describe a duty position of the same capacity.

The United States Army took the title of Brigadier General from the British upon the creation of the standing Army of the United States.

However, in the US Army, the capacity of the title was changed to denote officers serving above the brigade level in their own grade of general officer.

The rank and title of Brigadier General has held in this capacity until modern times.

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History of the Army

The Army is the oldest and most senior among the branches. The Army's heritage is traced back to the Revolutionary War, when each State of the Union had its own Army, lended to the command of General George Washington. Almost 250 years have passed, but the organizational structure and naming is largely the same. The Army is still divided into Divisions, Brigades, Regiments, Battalions, Companies, and Platoons.