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Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General is a military rank used by the land and air forces of the United States as well as a number of foreign countries. In the United States, a lieutenant general ranks between a major general and a general, and the paygrade is designated O-9, equivalent to a Vice Admiral in the Navy. In the United States, the first Lieutenant General was George Washington, and the rank was not again reauthorized until the Civil War, allowing General U.S. Grant to outrank all other generals in the army (Winfield Scott was given a brevet promotion to Lieutenant General, but not a regular promotion).