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  1. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    The US Army has had generals of five star rank. The rank is General of the Army.
    Other armies refer to the bearers of 5 stars as Field Marshals or Marshals. Why is the US title General of the Army?

    What rank is higher than General of the Army?
     
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    Would it be Commander In Chief..
     
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    Five-star rank is General of the Army because George Marshal did not want to be called Field Marshal Marshal.

    There have been two 5-stars with the rank of General of the Armies.

    One was George Washington and the other was "Black Jack" Pershing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_J._Pershing

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    Pershing was called "Black Jack" after commanding a troop of the 10th Cavalry Regt.

    HeinzGud and sob are both correct that the highest US military rank reports to civilian authority in the form of SecDef and CiC, the latter being the President.
     
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