Published on July 21st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Fort Jackson Commanding General Gets 2nd Star
FORT JACKSON, S.C. – Fort Jackson held a promotion ceremony for Brig. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, Fort Jackson’s commanding general recently, where he will be promoted to the rank of major general. The ceremony was held on Victory Field, which is adjacent to the Officers’ Club.
An Army major general ranks below lieutenant generals but above brigadier generals, making the position third from the top. Sometimes referred to as two-star generals, major generals wear an insignia on their shoulder bearing two stars. Major generals are classified as O-8 on the military pay scale.
Two-star generals serve as installation commanders, division commanders and as high-level officers at major commands and the Pentagon.
There are 99 major generals on active duty in the U.S. Army. Fewer than one–half percent of commissioned officers make it to the top three ranks.
Promotions occur as vacancies open up within commissioned-officer ranks. Boards composed of senior officers determine which officers are promoted based on achievement, years of service and number of open positions. The Secretary of Defense convenes the selection boards every year to make decisions for ranks higher than O-2 (first lieutenant).
The president nominates officers for the rank of major general, and the U.S. Senate must confirm the appointment. When a major general retires or loses the rank for some other reason, the president suggests a replacement from a list of nominees.
The mandatory retirement age is 62, but it can be pushed to 64 in some cases. An Army major general must retire from the position five years after being promoted to that rank, or after 35 years of service, whichever comes first.