Marine Corps Brigadier GeneralO-7 General Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
O-7 Brigadier General - General Officer - U.S. Marine Corps Ranks
A Brigadier General is a one-star General Officer grade rank in the USMC, the lowest-ranking of the General Officer ranks. A Brigadier General serves as the advisor and Deputy Commander to a Major General commanding a division-sized unit of 10,000 to 15,000 Marines, and assists in overseeing the tactical planning and coordination of division operations.
All brigadier generals in the Marine Corps must retire after five years in grade or thirty years of service, whichever is later, unless selected or appointed for promotion, or reappointed to grade to serve longer.
Brigadier General is the 24th rank in the United States Marine Corps , ranking above Colonel and directly below Major General. A brigadier general is a General Officer at DoD paygrade O-7, with a starting monthly pay of $9,668.
What is the proper way to address a Brigadier General?
The correct way to address a Brigadier General named Mr. Jones is "General Jones", or written as BGen Jones. In formal situations, a Brigadier General should always be addressed by their full rank.
How much does a Brigadier General earn?
Basic pay for an entry-level Brigadier General with 2 or less years of experience is $9,668.40 per month.
A Brigadier General receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years. Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Brigadier General's final compensation package.
In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps Brigadier General may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including clothing allowance, retirement benefits, education allowance, and more.
For full details on the Marine Corps' Brigadier General compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2023 Marine Corps Brigadier General Pay Chart. A full table of the Marine Corps' current paygrades are available at the Marine Corps Pay Chart.
Equivalent Ranks to the Marine Corps' O-7 Brigadier General
To learn more about the Marine Corps' rank structure, see our complete list of Marine Corps ranks.
The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Brigadier General is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, see this Marine Corps rank to GS grade conversion table .
To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Marine Corps and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.