Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired by President Obama as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will retire with four stars despite not meeting the military's requirements to do so, CNN
"The president believes and has talked with Secretary Gates about this, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure he, somebody who has served the country as he has, can retire at a four-star level," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.
An Army spokesman confirmed Tuesday that McChrystal informed the military of his retirement on Monday, though he has not yet filed his official papers. The process of leaving the service takes several months.
The 55-year-old general left his position as the top U.S. general in Afghanistan last week after being quoted in a Rolling Stone profile making intemperate remarks about the vice president and other members of the administration.
After accepting McChrystal's resignation on Wednesday, President Obama praised his long military career but said the general's comments in the offending article were unacceptable.
MyChrystal had been promoted to the selective rank of four-star general last year, but it was not clear if he will be able to keep his rank in retirement. Army rules require four-star officers to serve three years at that rank to keep it, along with its prestige and retirement benefits. The Secretary of the Army, however, can allow some officers to retain their rank after as little as two years of service.