McChrystal Will Retire

Disgraced general's formal rank at issue
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 6:00 PM CDT
McChrystal Will Retire
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)

(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.

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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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