Definitions for flag officer
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word flag officer
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a naval officer above the rank of captain.
Origin of flag officer:
a senior naval officer above the rank of captain
A naval officer with the rank of rear admiral or above, such officers are entitled to fly a personal flag, especially on the flagship.
(US military, informal) In addition to naval officers of Navy and the Coast Guard, a general officer in the Army, Marines, or Air Force with the rank of brigadier general or higher.
A flag officer is a commissioned officer in a nation's armed forces senior enough to be entitled to fly a flag to mark the position from which the officer exercises command. The term usually, but not exclusively, refers to the senior officers in an English-speaking nation's navy, specifically those who hold any of the admiral ranks; in some cases it applies also to those holding the rank of commodore. In U.S. usage it is additionally applied to Coast Guard officers and general officers in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps entitled to fly their own flags.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A term applied to an officer holding the rank of general, lieutenant general, major general, or brigadier general in the US Army, Air Force or Marine Corps or admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral in the US Navy or Coast Guard.
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