A general officer is an officer of high rank in the army, and in some nations' air forces or marines.
The term "general" is used in two ways: as the generic title for all grades of general officer and as a specific rank. The adjective general had been affixed to officer designations since the late medieval period to indicate relative superiority or an extended jurisdiction.
In most of the world, the general rank is just below the rank of field marshal in seniority. In a few countries, notably the United States, general is the senior-most possible rank.
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