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First Woman Nominated To Be Four Star General

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- America's first female four-star general has been nominated, the Pentagon announced Monday.
Article: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/23/wom...ral/index.html

Bush has nominated her to be the first female four star general. The nomination needs to be approved by the Senate but this is historic.
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Now she'll have to get a new handbag to go with the four stars.
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Coaster, you sexist you.
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Whaaaaaa?!?!?! I suppose you want ME to start carrying a handbag now?
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Whaaaaaa?!?!?! I suppose you want ME to start carrying a handbag now?
Wouldn't you have to buy a new pair of shoes to match the hand bag?
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Geez, I hope she isn't gay too - that would be awful and they'd probably get a lot of protesting from the voting public.
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Not to take anything away from her because reaching "Brigadier General" is no easy feat, but the article says that she is going to be in charge of the "supply arm"

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President Bush nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to serve as head of the Army's supply arm.

By law women are excluded from combat jobs, the typical path to four-star rank in the military.
Why on earth do they need a Four Star General to manage inventory?!
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Not to take anything away from her because reaching "Brigadier General" is no easy feat, but the article says that she is going to be in charge of the "supply arm"



Why on earth do they need a Four Star General to manage inventory?!
I have no idea.
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I have no idea.

Personally it sounds more like a popularity ploy on the part of Bush so that he doesn't go out of office as the least popular president in history, and that he has something on his resume other than "war mongerer". Just my opinion of course
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For what it's worth, the supply arm of the Army is larger than the combat arm. It takes about 7 non-combat soldiers to keep one combat soldier in action. And since women in the Army are still technically not allowed in combat, it would make no sense to put a woman who had no experience in combat in charge of the combat arm.
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I did some digging. Each branch of sevice is different but the Army usually has six four star generals. One is the Army Chief of Staff who is also one of the Joint Chiefs. The Vice Chief of Staff is also a four star. The commanders of US Army Europe, the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), FORSCOM (US Army Forces Command) and the US Army Materiel Command. The latter is what General Anne Dunwoody was nominated for.

To break down the other general ranks a bit.

Lieutenant General (three stars)- These are normally Corps commanders or officers that have command over a very large number of soldiers (anywhere between 20,000-45,000). I was part of VII Corps during Desert Storm, which was larger than an average Army Corps. The primary divisions of the Corps were the 1st Infantry Division (my division), 1st Armored Division and the 3rd Armored Division, along with the 2d Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, 11th Aviation Group and the British 1st Armoured Division.

Major Generals (two star) are normally division commanders.

Brigadier Generals (one star). They have a number of roles, one of which is as assistant division commanders.

There is a ceiling to the amount of general officers that the army can have, I think it's close to 300.

Officers are all well and good but it's the NCO's that are the backbone of the Army.
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Now she'll have to get a new handbag to go with the four stars.
Nah. She'll just have to get someone to carry it around for her.
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Nah. She'll just have to get someone to carry it around for her.
That's true. She's a general, she can pretty much do what she wants.

"Generals can do anything. There's nothing so much like a god on earth as a General on the battlefield". Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, portrayed by Jeff Daniels in the film "Gettysburg".
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