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Army Promotion to O-7 Brigadier General

A Brigadier General is a General Officer in the United States Army at DoD paygrade O-7. This page describes how the Army determines who is eligible for the promotion list to Brigadier General.

Promotion to the rank of Brigadier General is highly competitive.

Officers are graded on their performance while serving as Colonels by their commanders (Major Generals and Lieutenant Generals at higher levels). These grades are recorded in OER's that are added to officers’ already existing OER record.

In order to be promoted to Brigadier General, candidate officers in the grade of colonel are evaluated by already appointed generals who used to serve in the candidates' branch of service.

Candidates deemed worthy by the board of generals are recommended for promotion to the Secretary of the Army and the Joint Chiefs. Those found worthy by these offices are recommended to the Secretary of Defense who in turn submits nominations to the President.

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