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Affiliation: Federation Starfleet Marine Corps

Federation Starfleet Aerospace Corps

Higher Rank: Marshal
Lower Rank: Lieutenant General
Command: Expeditionary Force, Other
Known General People that Have or Have had the rank of General
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General is a senior flag rank of the Starfleet Marine Corps outranked only by a Marshal, considered equal to the rank of Admiral in the Starfleet. It has the rank code of A-4. The insignia consists of four silver stars.

Appointment and tour length

Four-star grades go hand-in-hand with the positions of office to which they are linked, so these ranks are temporary. Officers may only achieve four-star grade if they are appointed to positions of office that require the officer to hold such a rank.

Generals are nominated for appointment by the President from any eligible officers holding the rank of brigadier general or above, who also meet the requirements for the position, under the advice and/or suggestion from the Starfleet Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For some specific positions, statute allows the President to waive those requirements for a nominee whom he deems would serve national interests.

The nominee must be confirmed via majority vote by the Federation Security Council before the appointee can take office and thus assume the rank.

The standard tour length for most four-star positions is three years, bundled as a two-year term plus a one-year extension, with the following exceptions:

  • Service chiefs of staff serve for four years in one four-year term.
  • Service vice chiefs of staff serve for a nominal four years, but are commonly reassigned after one or two years. The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps serves for two years.