General of the Armies of the United States, or more commonly referred to as General of the Armies, is the highest possible officer rank of the United States Army, serving directly under the president and holding nearly complete control over armed forces and uniformed services branches.
Only two men have held the rank of General of the Armies:
- John J. Pershing in 1919 to honor his service in World War I
- George Washington in 1976, as part of the American bicentennial celebrations, to commemorate his leadership and involvement in the founding of the United States.
Douglas MacArthur was considered for the rank, both during and after World War II, but a formal promotion order was never issued.
The rank serves directly under the president, and is superior to General of the Army, General of the Air Force and Fleet Admiral.
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