- See General for other countries which use this rank.
General (abbreviated GEN) is the second highest rank, and the highest active rank, of the Australian Army and was created as a direct equivalent of the British military rank of general; it is also considered a four-star rank.
Prior to 1958, generals (and field marshals) were only appointed in exceptional circumstances. In 1958, the position which is currently called Chief of the Defence Force was created, and since 1966, the rank of general has been held when an army officer is appointed to that position.
General is a higher rank than lieutenant general, but is lower than field marshal. General is the equivalent of admiral in the Royal Australian Navy and air chief marshal in the Royal Australian Air Force.
The following have held the rank of general in the Australian Army:
|Field Marshal||Birdwood, WilliamWilliam Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO, CIE, DSO||1917||1865||1951||Appointed a general in the Australian Imperial Force in 1917, and made honorary field marshal in the Australian Army in 1925.|
|General||Sir Chauvel, HarryHarry Chauvel GCMG, KCB||1929||1865||1945||Chief of the General Staff (1923–30) and Inspector-in-Chief Volunteer Defence Corps (1940–45)|
|General||Sir Monash, JohnJohn Monash GCMG, KCB, VD||1929||1865||1931||Australian Corps (1918)|
|General||Sir White, BrudenellBrudenell White KCB, KCMG, KCVO, DSO||1940||1876||1940||Chief of the General Staff (1920–23) and Chief of the General Staff (1940)|
|Field Marshal||Sir Blamey, ThomasThomas Blamey GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED||1941||1884||1951||Promoted to field marshal in 1951. Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police (1925–36), General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Australian Military Forces (1942–45) and Commander of Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area (1942–45)|
|General||Sir Wilton, JohnJohn Wilton KBE, CB, DSO||1968||1910||1981||Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (1966–70)|
|General||Sir Hassett, FrankFrank Hassett AC, KBE, CB, DSO, LVO||1975||1918||2008||Chief of the Defence Force Staff (1976–77)|
|General||Sir MacDonald, ArthurArthur MacDonald KBE, CB||1977||1919||1995||Chief of the Defence Force Staff (1977–79)|
|General||Sir Bennett, PhillipPhillip Bennett AC, KBE, DSO||1984||1928||—||Chief of the Defence Force (1984–87) and Governor of Tasmania (1987–95)|
|General||Gration, PeterPeter Gration AC, OBE||1987||1932||—||Chief of the Defence Force (1987–93)|
|General||Baker, JohnJohn Baker AC, DSM||1995||1936||2007||Chief of the Defence Force (1995–98)|
|General||Sir Cosgrove, PeterPeter Cosgrove AK, MC||2002||1947||—||Chief of the Defence Force (2002–05) and Governor-General of Australia (2014–)|
|General||Hurley, DavidDavid Hurley AC, DSC||2011||1953||—||Chief of the Defence Force (2011–14) and Governor of New South Wales (2014–)|
The following Australians have held the rank of general in the British Army:
|General||Sir Hackett, JohnJohn Hackett GCB, CBE, DSO and Bar, MC||1966||1910||1997|
- Australian Defence Force ranks and insignia
- Australian Army officer rank insignia
- List of Australian Army generals
- Australian Army officer rank insignia are identical to British Army officer rank insignia, with the difference that Australian Army insignia have the word "Australia" below them.
- When "Birdy" was promoted to field marshal in the British Army in 1925, he was given the honorary rank of field marshal in the Australian Army. He is one of only three Australian field marshals.
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