# army ranks

#### mathman

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In the army, a major outranks a lieutenant, but a lieutenant general outranks a major general. How did this happen historically?

In the army, a major outranks a lieutenant, but a lieutenant general outranks a major general. How did this happen historically?
Wiki speaketh thusly:
"
Major general (abbreviated MG,[1] Maj. Gen. and similar) is a military rank used in many countries. It is derived from the older rank of sergeant major general. The disappearance of the "sergeant" in the title explains the apparently confusing phenomenon whereby a lieutenant general outranks a major general. (Although a major outranks a lieutenant, a lieutenant outranks a sergeant-major)."

In the army, a major outranks a lieutenant, but a lieutenant general outranks a major general. How did this happen historically?
Lieutenant is less than Major. If you subtract a Lieutenant from a full General, you have a bigger General remaining than if you subtract a Major.

Lieutenant is less than Major. If you subtract a Lieutenant from a full General, you have a bigger General remaining than if you subtract a Major.
I am sooooo going to quote that out of context.

I am sooooo going to quote that out of context.
I should have added, "That's mathematics, boy! You can't argue with mathematics!"

Lieutenant is less than Major. If you subtract a Lieutenant from a full General, you have a bigger General remaining than if you subtract a Major.
Is that how "leftenants" were invented?

By the transitive property, if you subtract Major from full General, you are ... left tenant?

Is that how "leftenants" were invented?

By the transitive property, if you subtract Major from full General, you are ... left tenant?

Tough crowd...