at the consent of Congress, the President (as Commander-in-Chief) and based on the "needs of the military). Officers who fail to advance beyond the rank of O-3 by a certain point of their career are usually given the offer to serve until eligible for retirement as the lowest non-commissioned officer grade (E-4). This is called "Reduction in Force" or RIF. When a commanding officer is removed from his command for cause, he is "fired". This usually signals the end of his career, and most serve until eligible for retirement. President Harry Truman "fired" General Douglas MacArthur for remarks MacArthur made regarding the restrictions placed on his command regarding targets on the Yalu river during the Korean War. I always thought MacArthur was right until the Internet revealed the truth about the Korean War (i.e., South Korea was created as a US "puppet state" and the US has been obstructing peaceful reunification ever since.) The Generals are not screaming, because they can be court marshaled and imprisoned for doing so.
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