Unlike other branches of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Army and Air Force give its Major Generals (O-8) some leeway in the size of the nonsubdued pin-on metal grade insignia they wear on the headgear of their Service Dress Uniforms. In the Army, for example, Generals may choose between the Regular size, which features two silver stars each an inch in diameter, Medium (3/4-inch diameter stars), or Miniature (5/8-inch.) General’s stars are centered on the flashes found on berets, with a single point up and the two horizontal rays touching (point to point). Stars that overlap beyond the flash are authorized.

In years gone by, Army Major Generals wore these variously sized insignia on the Garrison Cap. Although wear of the Garrison Cap has not been authorized since it was replaced by the black beret as the standard Army-wide headgear in 2001, we offer them for Veterans seeking to keep up the appearance of the Service dress uniforms they wore during their time of service. Garrison Caps are also sought out by uniform collectors, military afficionados, and wardrobe consultants in the TV and film industries. Enlisted, Officer, General, and Warrant Officer versions of this iconic headgear can be found on our Army Hats page. Customers interested in Garrison Caps may also be interested in our Class A Army Green uniform, the Service dress uniform of the Army for five-plus decades; versions for Enlisted, Officers, and General Officers are available.

Air Force regulations state that General Officers “will wear 1 inch stars” as nonsubdued rank insignia on the General Officer Flight Cap, but that ¾-inch stars are optional if the General is “unable to wear the 1 inch stars.” Aside from matters of availability, it is hard to imagine why a Major General would be “unable” to wear 1-inch stars as cap rank insignia—but it’s also difficult to imagine asking a Major General in the Air Force for an explanation of why they are wearing the smaller version of the insignia.

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