Army general (Russia)
|Rank insignia||Russian Armed Forces|
|Rank group||General officer|
|Army / Air Force||Army General|
|Navy||Admiral of the Fleet|
|Marshal of the Russian Federation|
- Please see "army general" for other nations which use this rank
Army General (Russian: генерал армии, general armii) is the second highest military rank in the Russian Federation, inferior only to a Marshal and superior to a Colonel General. It is a direct counterpart of the Soviet "Army General" rank.
At present it is also the highest rank in the Air Force, artillery, Aerospace Defense Forces, armored troops, engineer troops and signal troops. Unlike the Soviet Union where similarly ranked officers were called Marshals and Chief Marshals of a branch.
The corresponding naval rank is Admiral of the Fleet.
Since 2013 rank insignia is one big star and army emblem on straps which was used also till 1997, like in Soviet Army since 1974. Between 1997 and 2013 the rank insignia was 4 stars in a row, like in the Soviet Union from 1943 to 1974.
Until 1997 generals wore a "small" Marshal's Star. But when in 1993 ranks of "Marshal of a branch" in Russian Federation were abolished, there was no more reason for special rank insignia for generals. By the President's decree of January 27, 1997 Generals regained 1943-like straps with 4 stars in a row.
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