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Encyclopedia > Flag officer

A flag officer is a commissioned officer who is senior enough to be entitled to fly a flag to represent where he exercises command. Typically, usage of the term flag officer refers to the senior officers in a nation's navy, specifically those who hold the rank of commodore or any of the admiral ranks. However, the term can apply to general officers in the US Army, US Air Force and US Marine Corps, as those officers are permitted to fly their own flags as well. An officer is a member of a military, naval, or if applicable, other uniformed services who holds a position of responsibility. ... For other uses, see Flag (disambiguation). ... Naval redirects here. ... Commodore is a military rank used in some navies for officers whose position exceeds that of a Captain, but is less than that of a Flag Officer. ... For other uses, see Admiral (disambiguation). ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ...

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General usage

The generic title of flag officer is used in several modern navies and associated units to denote those who hold the rank of rear admiral (or its equivalent) and above, also called "flag ranks"; in some navies, this also includes the rank of commodore. Flag officer corresponds to the generic terms general officer (used by land and some air forces to describe all grades of generals) and air officer (used by other air forces to describe all grades of air marshals and air commodores). The term flag officer is only commonly used for naval officers. For the 2002 South Korean film, see The Coast Guard (film). ... The term Rear Admiral originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons, and can trace its origins to the British Royal Navy. ... Commodore is a military rank used in some navies for officers whose position exceeds that of a Captain, but is less than that of a Flag Officer. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... An Air Officer is a U.K. Royal Air Force officer of rank Air Commodore or higher. ... This article is about the Air Force rank. ...


A flag officer generally has an officer, called a flag lieutenant or a flag adjutant, attached to him as a personal adjutant (like an aide-de-camp) regardless of any staff under his command. In the Royal Navy, this officer is often known as "Flags". An aide-de-camp (French for camp assistant) is a personal assistant, secretary, or adjutant to a person of high rank, usually a senior military officer or a head of state. ... An Aide-de-camp with Her Honour, The Honourable Lise Thibault. ... Adjutant is a military rank or appointment. ... An aide-de-camp (French: camp assistant) is a personal assistant, secretary, or adjutant to a person of high rank, usually a senior military officer or a head of state. ...


Canada

In the Canadian Forces, a flag officer (French: Officier général, "general officer") is the naval equivalent of a General Officer of the army or air force, and comprises the ranks of Commodore (thought technically a Commodore only has a broad pennant and not a flag), Rear-Admiral, Vice-Admiral, and Admiral. A flag officer's rank is denoted by a wide strip of gold braid on the cuff of the service dress tunic; one to four gold maple leafs over crossed sword and baton, all beneath a royal crown, on slip-ons or epaulets; and two rows of gold oak leaves on the peak of the service cap. The Canadian Forces (CF) (French: Forces canadiennes (FC)) are the unified armed forces of Canada, governed by the National Defence Act, which states: The Canadian Forces are the armed forces of Her Majesty raised by Canada and consist of one Service called the Canadian Armed Forces. ... General is a military rank, in most nations the highest rank, although some nations have the higher rank of Field Marshal. ... Commodore is a military rank used in some navies for officers whose position exceeds that of a Captain, but is less than that of a Flag Officer. ... A broad pennant is a swallow-tailed tapering flag flown from the masthead of a ship to indicate the presence of a commodore on board. ... Rear admiral is a naval commissioned officer rank that originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons and can trace its origins to the Royal Navy. ... Vice Admiral is a naval rank of three star level, equivalent to Lieutenant General in seniority. ... For other uses, see Admiral (disambiguation). ...


United Kingdom

In the Royal Navy there is a distinction between "flag officer" and "officer of flag rank". All rear-admirals and above are officers of flag rank, but only those officers of flag rank who are authorised to fly a flag are called "flag officers", and have different flags for different ranks of admiral. Thus, of the 39 officers of flag rank in the Royal Navy in 2006, very few are "flag officers" with entitlement to fly a flag. For example, Commander-in-Chief Fleet flies an admiral's flag whether ashore or afloat and is, therefore, a "flag officer"; his chief of staff (support), a rear admiral, is not entitled to fly a flag and is, therefore, only an "officer of flag rank". This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Admiral (disambiguation). ... The Commander-in-Chief Fleet, or CINCFLEET, is the senior admiral responsible for the preparation and operation of the ships, submarines and aircraft of the Royal Navy. ...


Formerly however, all officers promoted to flag rank were considered to be "flag officers".[1]


In United Kingdom usage, equivalent ranks in the British Army and Royal Marines are called general officers, and those in the Royal Air Force are called air officers The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The Royal Marines (RM) are the marines and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service [2]. They are also the United Kingdoms amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. ... General is a military rank, in most nations the highest rank, although some nations have the higher rank of Field Marshal. ... RAF redirects here. ... An Air Officer is a U.K. Royal Air Force officer of rank Air Commodore or higher. ...


United States

In 1857, Congress created the title of "flag officer" as an actual rank of the United States Navy.[2] The rank of flag officer was bestowed on senior Navy captains who were assigned to lead a squadron of vessels in addition to command of their own ship. During the American Civil War, the Confederate States Navy also used the term. The 19th century rank of flag officer was considered strictly temporary and became obsolete upon the creation and widespread usage of the equivalent naval rank of Commodore; however, the term is still in use today to denote a category of naval officers equivalent to general officers.[3] In 1862, Congress finally authorized the first American use of the title Admiral.[2] Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... USN redirects here. ... For other uses, see Captain (disambiguation). ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Navy Department Seal The Confederate States Navy (CSN) was the naval branch of the Confederate States armed forces established by an act of the Confederate Congress on February 21, 1861 responsible for Confederate naval operations during the American Civil War. ...


In the US, the term flag officer generally is applied to all general officers (rank O-7 and above) in the US Army, US Air Force, and US Marine Corps (as well as in the US Navy) as general officers are also authorized to fly their own command flags.[4] However, as a matter of law, Title 10 of the United States Code makes a distinction between general officers and flag officers.[3] Non-naval officers usually fly their flags from their headquarters, vessels, or vehicles, typically though only for the most senior officer present.[5] [6] In the United States, all flag and general officers must be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate; each subsequent promotion requires renomination and reapproval. In the US Navy, Rear Admirals (Lower Half), Rear Admirals (Upper Half), Vice Admirals, and Admirals are also known by the number of stars on their shoulder boards (one, two, three and four, respectively). For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ... Title 10 of the United States Code outlines the role of armed forces in the United States Code. ... The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal law of the United States. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States...


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