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bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 14:03
I know that the Prez is Commander in Chief, the NSA, and various other multi-letter acronyms. But does he really have a rank? I'd assume that since there have been 5 star Generals, than the Prez would need at least 6 stars.

ChrisF202
01 Sep 03,, 15:36
I know that the Prez is Commander in Chief, the NSA, and various other multi-letter acronyms. But does he really have a rank? I'd assume that since there have been 5 star Generals, than the Prez would need at least 6 stars.
Just Commander-in-Chief, no rank insignia as far as i know.

bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 15:56
That's what I said, but technically he does need one, doesn't he?

ChrisF202
01 Sep 03,, 16:41
That's what I said, but technically he does need one, doesn't he?
true, maybe the Seal of the POTUS instead of stars on his shoulder board.

bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 17:30
That would be interesting to see...

tw-acs
01 Sep 03,, 18:26
The president of the United States is not suppposed to have any type of military uniform on him therefore he shouldn't have a rank because he is the Commander in Chief. He is not a soldier.

bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 18:29
But all Commanders have uniforms, or some sort of insignia/rank identifying them as the Commander. And once again, I'm speaking hypothetically, or "what-if", in case hypothetically is too long a word for you...

ChrisF202
01 Sep 03,, 18:42
I wonder how many stars we could fit on the standard US Army shoulder strap?

bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 19:00
Well, I assume 4.

ChrisF202
01 Sep 03,, 19:49
Well, I assume 4.
There is a 5 star rank, used only in wartime though

Ironduke
01 Sep 03,, 19:59
Hypothetically speaking, probably the presidential seal. That's the insignia of a US president.

bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 19:59
Well, I assume 4.
There is a 5 star rank, used only in wartime though

So therefore it wouldn't be on the standard US Army shoulder strap, would it?

ChrisF202
01 Sep 03,, 20:15
Well, I assume 4.
There is a 5 star rank, used only in wartime though

So therefore it wouldn't be on the standard US Army shoulder strap, would it?
same shoulder strap, but the stars are arranged differently:

http://www.rankinsignia.info/_u/usa-army-shoulder-class-a_08.gif
US Army Major General

http://www.rankinsignia.info/_u/usa-army-shoulder-class-a_11.gif
US Army General of the Army

Praxus
01 Sep 03,, 20:19
The point that they don't have a rank is because they are not in the Military and that the President(A CIVILIAN) is in command of the military(only when that power is deligated to him by Congress).

But the overall point is that the military is run by Civilians thats why they have no rank.

Stinger
01 Sep 03,, 20:42
And why the US military often gets the shit end of the stick, helpfully handed to them during conflicts.... or for that matter peacetime.

bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 20:58
So the 5 star general has smaller stars than a 2 star general?

Ironduke
01 Sep 03,, 21:27
So the 5 star general has smaller stars than a 2 star general?
Yes.

bigross86
01 Sep 03,, 21:30
I can see a 2 star going to a 5 star and saying "My stars are bigger than yours! My stars are bigger than yours!"

Sorry, infantile imagination time over...