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This is very much the top of the food chain as far as serving soldiers  can go. A Field Marshal commands a group of armies (usually in time of war).
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A Field Marshal is a life appointment, meaning they never retire and receive a gold baton as the symbol of their office.
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A Lieutenant General is a three-star general who would in war usually command a [[Corps]] sized [[formation]].
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The rank has a NATO rank code of OF-8, equivalent to a Vice-Admiral in the [[Royal Navy]] or an Air Marshal in the Royal Air Force ([[RAF]]) or the air forces of many [[Commonwealth]] countries. The then new Royal Air Force used the rank from the 1st April 1918, to the 31st July 1919 where it was superseded by Air Marshal.
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[[Category:Ranks & Appointments]]
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Rank insignia is a crown over a crossed sabre and baton.
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