McChrystal Will Retire

Disgraced general's formal rank at issue
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 6:00 PM CDT
Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrives at the White House on June 23, 2010, for a meeting with President Obama. The president accepted McChrystal's resignation as leader of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Gen. Stanley McChrystal will retire from the Army after 34 years in uniform and one devastating Rolling Stone profile. " McChrystal informed the Army today that he intends to retire, " said a rep, but "we don’t have a date yet or anything like that." Whether he will retire with the four-star rank he gained when he was put in charge of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan last year is now at issue, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Because McChrystal has not had his fourth star for the mandated 3 years, he would need a presidential waiver to retire "in grade," a prospect that is already ruffling feathers. "I think that’s as wrong as the incident itself," says one fellow officer.

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