McChrystal will retire with 4 stars

2010-06-29 22:22

Washington -  Gen Stanley McChrystal, fired from his job as commander of the Afghanistan war after more than three decades in the Army, will be allowed to retire at the rank of four stars.

White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday that the White House will do what it can to ensure McChrystal keeps that rank.

McChrystal had been a four-star general for less than a year when President Barack Obama demanded his resignation as Afghan war commander because of scornful remarks made to Rolling Stone magazine.

Under Army rules, McChrystal would have had to serve three years as a four-star officer to retain that rank, with its higher prestige and deeper retirement benefits.

The Army has been 55-year-old McChrystal's only career.