McChrystal Will Retire With Four-Star Pension White House promises, though he doesn't technically qualify By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jun 29, 2010 7:24 PM CDT 47 comments Comments A 2009 file photo of Gen. Stanley McChrystal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) (Newser) – Stanley McChrystal will retire with his fourth star—and the bigger pension it brings. The White House will do "whatever is necessary" to make that happen, says press chief Robert Gibbs. It's an issue because McChrystal got the fourth star about a year ago and hasn't served with it long enough to keep it into retirement, explains Reuters. Obama may have to issue a waiver, which is sure to rile critics who see McChrystal's Rolling Stone comments as inexcusable. The general announced his retirement after Obama yanked him from his Afghanistan post. Three-star generals get a pension of $11,736 a month, while four-star generals get $12,475.