McChrystal to retire from US Army after being fired

Fired top US military General Stanley McChrystal has sought to hang his fighting boots and has applied for premature retirement from the Army.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2010, 20:25 PM IST

Washington: Fired top US military General
Stanley McChrystal has sought to hang his fighting boots and
has applied for premature retirement from the Army.

The General who was the top commander of US forces in
Afghanistan was fired last week by President Barack Obama for
making disparaging comments in an article.

The 55-year-old four-star general told the Army that
he will retire, Army spokesman Gary Tallman said.

But, whether he will be allowed to retain his four
star ranking was not known. Under Army rules, generals have to
serve three years as a four-star officer to retain that rank.

McChrystal was replaced last Wednesday by Obama after
disclosure of a magazine article in which the general and top
aides disparaged top administration officials including Vice
President Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Jim Jones.

Obama, also the Commander-in-Chief of the US armed
forces, who summoned McChrystal to the White House, said the
general exhibited poor judgement.

"The conduct represented in the recently published
article does not meet the standard that should be set by a
commanding general. It undermines the civilian control of the
military that is at the core of our democratic system. And it
erodes the trust that`s necessary for our team to work
together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan," Obama had
said while announcing McChrystal`s replacement.

Gen. David Petraeus, the US Central Command commander,
was named to replace McChrystal in Afghanistan.

PTI