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White House: McChrystal to Retire with 4 Stars

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 spokesman Robert Gibbs said 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.

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CBS News' National Security Correspondent David Martin reported last week that under Army regulations, McChrystal would have to retire as a three star general costing him both prestige and retirement pay.

"Since he's only been a four star general for a year, he does not have enough time in grade to retire as a four star and will have to slip back to three star status, which will cost him retirement pay," Martin said. He added, "He once told me that after his military career (which he thought would last much longer than it did) he wanted to run a second hand book store."

The Army has been 55-year-old McChrystal's only career. He is being replaced by Gen. David Petraeus, who was his boss at U.S. Central Command.

At his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Petraeus used his opening remarks to pay tribute to his former colleague. Petraeus said McChrystal's leadership has contributed directly to the success in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We now see some areas of progress amidst the tough fight ongoing in Afghanistan," Petraeus said. "Considerable credit for that must go to Stan McChrystal."

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