Less than a week after Gen. Stanley McChrystal was replaced as the commander of military efforts in Afghanistan, Fox News is reporting that the four star general intends to retire. McChrystal has been in service to the country since 1976.
The news may not be surprising to some as McChrystal’s predecessor in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, also retired quickly after being relieved of command. However, one interesting and sad tidbit is that McChrystal may not even be able to keep his four star rating after he leaves service.
From Fox News:
McChrystal was promoted to the selective and coveted rank of four-star general last year. It is not clear whether McChrystal will be able to retain that rank in retirement. Under Army rules, generals need to serve three years as a four-star officer to retain that rank, with its prestige and retirement benefits.
The secretary of the Army can allow officers with as little as two years of service to keep their retirement rank, Collins said.
Three military and defense officials in Washington said Obama may use his power as commander in chief to allow McChrystal to keep all four stars. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because McChrystal has not yet submitted his paperwork.
News will assuredly follow soon about the terms of McChrystal’s resignation.
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