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United States Air Force - O-10 General

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Seal of the Air Force Air Force General - Rank Details

General (Gen)

Classification General Officer
Abbreviation Gen
NATO Code OF-10
Service United States Air Force
Address General (last name)
What are a General's Responsibilities?

A general in the U.S. Air Force is the four-star general officer rank and the highest rank. It is equivalent to the rank of admiral in the Navy and Coast Guard. Generals are highly ranked officers who have been selected by many different parties and individuals.

No more than 25% of all Air Force general officers may have more than two stars. As a result, generals are only found on very the highest command positions. As of 2016, there are only 9 four-star Air Force generals. They occupy command positions in the Numbered Air Forces, treaty organizations such as NATO, and as the Chief of Staff. The current chief of staff is General Mark A. Welsh

Generals are career officers who have demonstrated a high aptitude for leadership and management over the span of their careers. They are fully involved with the administrative and operational level of the Air Force.

Generals are also expected to participate in morale events and to serve as a “face” for the Air Force. These morale events include but are not limited to: motivational speeches, hosting morale days on base, and squadron/wing visits.

What is a General's Paygrade?

A General is considered a General Officer, with a paygrade of O-10.

On this page you can learn more about a General's payscale, the process of becoming a General, and the history of the rank in the United States Air Force.

Seal of the Air Force Air Force General Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a General is $16,441.80 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a General, or visit our Air Force pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.

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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force General

A General is a General Officer, with a military paygrade of O-10.

The table below lists the equivalent ranks of an Air Force General, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.

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