The general term indicates a row raised in a hierarchical organization.
SoldierIn the military field, general is a rank for a general Officier being registered at the top of the hierarchy Militaire, after the senior officers (Commander/Major, Colonel), the Subalterns (lieutenant, Capitaine), the Sous-officier S and the soldiers of the row.
The general orders a unit broader than a Régiment: Brigade, Division, Army corps or Armed. In general, one specifies the unit in the rank: , Brigadier general Major general, General Lieutenant-general of army or . In the majority of the countries, these various ranks are represented by the numbers of stars associated with the rank with general.
With the Canada, the general rank of has as an abbreviation “Gén”.
FranceIn France, each row corresponds to a certain number of stars. The distinctive signs of the ranks are:
- brigade: 2 stars;
- division: 3 stars;
- army corps: 4 stars;
- armed: 5 stars.
The United StatesIn the US Army, the US Marine Body and the US Air Force, the rank of Général is higher than that of Lieutenant-general. An American general is as called a Général four stars because of the badge as it carries.
General is the equivalent of Admiral in the US Navy. A general directs all the operations of his weapon being in the geographical area under his command. The Chief off Staff off the United States Army and the Ordering off the Marine Body are generals four stars.
See also: Swiss General
In Switzerland, a General is named only in the event of war. If such is the case, it is the commander of body, i.e. the chief of the army which is named. In normal weather, the commander of body is the officer who is with the head of the Swiss army.
First French EmpireThe First Empire, in France, used the Grade Généralissime. See this List of the generals of the Revolution and the First Empire.
FinancierUnder the Ancien Mode one named general of finances the person in load of a General information.
The leader of an order Religieux is sometimes described as general of his kind.
Parochial lifeUnder the Ancien Mode the parochial assembly was sometimes called the “general of the Paroisse”.
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