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Within a number of military organisations, certain general officers appointments are given a special title for the duration of that appointment.

Other titles for commissioned officers of the general officer grade include:

  • Adjutant General.
  • Commandant-general.
  • Inspector General.
  • General-in-chief.
  • Generaladmiral (General Admiral) (German Navy).
  • Air General and Aviation General (Chilean Air Force; roughly equivalent to Air Chief Marshal and Air Vice-marshal).
  • Wing General and Group General (Mexican Air Force; roughly equivalent to Air Commodore and acting Air Commodore).
  • General-potpukovnik (‘Lieutenant Colonel General’, a Serb/Slovenian/Macedonian rank immediately inferior to Colonel General, and roughly equivalent to Commonwealth/US Major General).
  • Director General: a common administrative term sometimes used as an appointment in military services. Reserved for Major Generals in the UK model.
  • Director: a common administrative term sometimes used as an appointment in military services. Reserved for Brigadiers in the UK model.
  • Director General of national defence (most senior rank in the Mexican Armed Forces).
  • Controller General (general officer rank in the French National Police).
  • Prefect General (the most senior rank of the Argentine Naval Prefecture).
  • Master-General of the Ordnance – very senior British military position (Nolan, 2008, p.68).
  • Police Director General (most senior rank of the Philippine National Police).
  • Commissioner (highest rank of the Bureau of Immigration).
  • Admiral (highest rank of the Philippine Coast Guard & Philippine Navy).
  • “tranchée général. In a French army [in the 1700s], the officer immediately in charge of infantry in the trenches during a siege. This was a temporary rank, usually held for just 24 hours at a time. It designated the commander of troops doing labor in the trenches. As these men rotated out, a new tranchée general rotated in with fresh men. Other armies had a similar position, called the
  • “lieutenant-general of the day” or “major-general of the day.”” (Nolan, 2008, p.475).
  • English Army titles (1660 to 1700):
    • “Commissary-General of the Musters” from 1693 (Walton, 1894, p.854).
    • “Commissary General of the provision” from 1689 (Walton, 1894, p.796).
    • “Engineer-General” from 1662 (Walton, 1894, p.842).
    • “Paymaster General” from 1689 (Walton, 1894, p.796).
    • “Paymaster-General of the Land Forces” from 1660 (Beatson, 1788, p.401).
    • “Commissary General of Musters” from 1760 (Beatson, 1788, p.401).
    • “Apothecary-General” from the 1660s (Walton, 1894, p.759).
    • “Chaplain-General” from 1689 (Walton, 1894, p.660).
    • “Surveyor General of the Ordnance” (Beatson, 1788, p.393).


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