In the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, brigadier general is a one-star general officer, with the pay grade of O-7. The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. An officer of 1 star rank is a senior commander in many of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO code of OF-6. Brigadier General ranks above colonel and below major general. See also Colonel In the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, colonel In the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, and United States Air Force, major general is a two-star General officer Brigadier General is equivalent to a rear admiral (lower half) in the other uniformed services. The uniformed services of the United States have two grades of rear admirals. The United States has seven federal uniformed services that commission officers as defined by Title 10, and subsequently structured and organized
U. S. Code of law explicitly limits the total number of general officers that may be on active duty at any given time. The total number of active duty general officers is capped at 302 for the Army, 279 for the Air Force, 80 for the Marine Corps.  Some of these slots are reserved or finitely set by statute.
To be promoted to the permanent grade of brigadier general, officers who are eligible for promotion to this rank are screened by an in-service promotion board comprising other general officers from their branch of service.  This promotion board then generates a list of officers it recommends for promotion to general rank.  This list is then sent to the service secretary and the joint chiefs for review before it can be sent to the President, through the defense secretary for consideration. The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by  The President nominates officers to be promoted from this list with the advice of the Secretary of Defense, the service secretary , and if applicable, the service's chief of staff or commandant. The United States Secretary of Defense ( SECDEF) is the head of the U  The President may nominate any eligible officer who is not on the recommended list if it serves in the interest of the nation, but this is extremely rare. The Senate must then confirm the nominee by a majority vote before the officer can be promoted. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives Once a nominee is confirmed he or she will be promoted to that rank once he or she assumes a position of office that requires an officer to hold the rank. For positions of office that are reserved by statute, the President nominates an officer for appointment to fill that position. For all three uniformed services, because the one-star and two-star grades are permanent ranks, the nominee must still be screened by an in-service promotion board before the nominee can be sent to the Senate for approval.
All brigadier generals must retire after five years in grade or 35 years of service, whichever is later, and all general officers must retire the month after their 64th birthday.  However, the Secretary of Defense can defer a general officer's retirement until the officer's 66th birthday and the President can defer it until the officer's 68th birthday. General officers typically retire well in advance of the statutory age and service limits, so as not to impede the upward career mobility of their juniors.
The rank of Brigadier General has existed in the United States armed forces since the American Revolutionary War. The United States Armed Forces are the overall unified military forces of the United States In this article the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans" with occasional references to "Patriots" A brigadier general was at first strictly an infantry officer who commanded a brigade, but the responsibilities of the rank drastically expanded throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The Infantry is the oldest and most numerous of the Combat Arms in the Armed forces, and consists A brigade is a Military unit Echelon: is The 19th century of the Common Era began on January 1, 1801 and ended on December 31, 1900, according to the Gregorian calendar The twentieth century of the Common Era began on
Between March 16, 1802 when the rank of Major General was abolished as a rank by an Act of Congress  until the rank of Major General was restored by the Act of January 11, 1812  as preparations were being made for the War of 1812, Brigadier General was the highest rank in the U. Events 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king Year 1802 ( MDCCCII) was a Common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Events 1055 - Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. Year 1812 ( MDCCCXII) a leap year started on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year The War of 1812 was fought between the United States of America and the British Empire, particularly Great Britain and her North American colonies S. Army.
The first Brigadier General in the U. S. Marine Corps was Commandant Archibald Henderson, promoted to the rank of brevet Brigadier General in the 1830's for his service in the Second Seminole War. The Commandant of the Marine Corps ( CMC) is the highest ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Archibald Henderson (January 21 1783 &ndash January 6 1859 was the longest-serving Commandant of the Marine Corps, serving from 1820 to 1859 The Second Seminole War, also known as the Florida War, was a conflict from 1835 to 1842 in Florida between various groups of Native Americans collectively The first non-brevet Brigadier General in the Marines was Commandant Jacob Zeilin who was promoted to the rank in 1874, but when he retired in 1876, Colonel once again became the highest rank in the Marines until March 1899 when Commandant Charles Heywood was promoted. Brigadier General Jacob A Zeilin (July 16 1806 - November 18 1880 was the first United States Marine Corps non-brevet General. Major General Charles Heywood (3 October 1839&ndash26 February 1915 was the ninth Commandant of the Marine Corps. Ever since then the office of Commandant has been held by a general officer, with the permanent rank of the Commandant raised to Major General in 1908 and to first Lieutenant General and then General during World War II, which rank it has held ever since.
The insignia for a brigadier general is one silver star worn on the shoulder or collar, with the insignia unchanged dating back to the creation of the rank some two centuries ago. Since the Mexican-American War, however, the lower rank of colonel has been the normal rank appointed to command a brigade. See also Colonel In the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, colonel
Today, an Army or Marine Corps "BG" typically serves as Deputy Commander to the Commanding General of a division or division-sized units and assists in overseeing the planning and coordination of a mission. The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. A division is a large Military unit or formation usually consisting of around ten to thirty thousand soldiers In an infantry brigade not attached to a division, a Brigadier General serves as the unit's commander, while a Colonel serves as deputy commander. See also Colonel In the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, colonel An Air Force brigadier general typically commands a large wing. Wing is a term used by different Air forces for a unit of command Additionally, one-star generals of all services may serve as high-level staff officers in large military organizations.