Officer Nominations & Assignments

Command Senior Enlisted Leaders

The U.S. Armed Forces and Department of Defense depend on executive leadership to make sound and timely decisions during important military and government meetings.  Due to the high level of responsibility and accountability promotion and assignment into these top executive leadership roles is not taken lightly.  In fact, there are rigorous standards in place designed … Read more

Responsibilities of General and Flag Officer Positions

General Officer Belt

An overview of the responsibilities of General and Flag Officer Positions in the United States Armed Forces. While Congress has specified functions or duties for a few key positions—such as members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commanders, the top two officers of each service, the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and … Read more

Senior Executive Service (SES) Officers

Senior Executive Service Flag

The Senior Executive Service (SES) was formed in 1979 under the Carter administration and was established when the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) became effective.  The purpose of the Senior Executive Service was to create a group of top executives composed of members who had outstanding leadership skills, common values, and a deep understanding of … Read more

General Officers

general officer flag promotion ceremony

Senior officers in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps with a pay-grade of O-7 and above are known as General Officers. The Armed Forces of the United States is comprised of both enlisted service members and officers.  Officers in the U.S. military are usually employed in management type roles where they are responsible for … Read more

General and Flag Officer Promotions

A general officer in the Army is promoted.

Promotions in the military are rigorous and never assumed.  Across all branches of the U.S. Armed forces there are high standards for both officers and enlisted service members who are aiming for a promotion.  Promotions within the officer ranks are especially fierce, as these men and women have higher amounts of responsibility and their decisions … Read more

Flag Officers

Retirement and flag ceremony

The term Flag Officer is more common within the Navy and Coast Guard rank structure and is used to identify service members who have reached the rank of Admiral, Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral, and Rear Admiral Lower Half. Within the U.S. military there are both enlisted service members, and service members that hold officer ranks.  … Read more

Difference Between General Officers and Flag Officers

The general officer oath

The most senior officers in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps are known as general officers. The most senior officers in the Navy are known as flag officers. The phrase “general and flag officers” or “GFO” refers to all officers in paygrades O-7 through O-10, thereby including onestar, two-star, three-star, and four-star officers. The … Read more

Command Senior Enlisted Leaders

Command Senior Enlisted Leaders

Senior Enlisted Leaders (SEL) in the U.S. Armed Forces are high ranking enlisted service members that form the critical link between the enlisted service men and women and their commanding officer. Senior Enlisted Leaders often hold the military paygrade of E-9 and above and are responsible for keeping the commanding officer and/or executive officer informed … Read more