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General was a military rank, the equivalent of which was used by the service organizations of many civilizations. As a traditional grade, general was the highest rank in the ground forces of a military organization. In comparison to naval ranking systems, this rank was equivalent to the admiral grade. The rank of marshal was usually considered senior to that of general. In the United States military, the general insignia was comprised of various silver stars with a four-star general considered a "full" general.



In 6th century BC China, Sun Tzu was a general who also was a philosopher. (TNG: "The Last Outpost"; ENT: "Divergence")

On the planet Gothos, the entity Trelane displayed himself as an early 19th century general and called himself "General Trelane, retired". (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")

In the 19th and 20th century, the rank of general was used by several countries including Mexico and the United States of America. (DS9: "Afterimage"; ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

In the 22nd century, the Military Assault Command Operations on Earth still used the rank of general. (ENT: "The Expanse")


On the planet Ekos in the 2260s, when historian John Gill recreated a government based on Nazi Germany, this government had a military with generals using the same insignia as their 20th century counterparts, as well as SS generals who displayed rank in the form of collar patches. (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

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Krim, a Bajoran general

The grade also existed in the Andorian Imperial Guard, the Bajoran Militia, the Klingon Defense Force, and the Romulan military.

Many rank systems had several grades of the general officer rank, which included general, lieutenant general, major general, and brigadier general (also known simply as brigadier).

The Friendly Angel considered the children of the Starnes Exploration Party on Triacus, which were under his mind control, to be his "future generals", as they approached their target of Marcos XII in 2268. He continued, stating that "together we can raise armies of followers." (TOS: "And the Children Shall Lead")



Washington crossing the Delaware, time stream

George Washington



Martok, a Klingon general



Velal, a Romulan general

This was a rank in both the Romulan military and the Tal Shiar.


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