What Are the Duties of a General Officer?

The duties of a general officer include looking out for the welfare of those under their command. They hold the responsibility of mission planning and organizing both internal and external military affairs. General officers are also responsible for maintaining positive morale among their troops and promoting their professional development.

General officers in the military include Brigadier Generals, Major Generals, Lieutenant Generals, Generals and General of the Army or Air Force. Brigadier Generals are represented by one star and have command over 4,000 to 6,000 soldiers in an infantry brigade. When not in the field, they help Commanding Generals coordinate missions.

Major Generals, represented by two stars, command 10,000 to 20,000 soldiers. In the Army, Major Generals are Branch Chiefs, while those in the Air Force are deputies and joint commands.

Lieutenant Generals command 20,000 to 45,000 troops. They are often found working at the Pentagon and other command headquarters. Lieutenant Generals are represented by three stars.

Four stars indicate a General. They are assigned to individual geographical areas. Generals also hold high positions in the Department of Defense.

The General of the Army or Air Force is represented by five stars. This rank is used only during war and assigned to commanding officers who outrank or are of equal rank with commanders from foreign nations.