US General Stanley McChrystal plans to retire from the military after he was sacked last week as the commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, an army spokesman said Monday.
“He told the army today he’s going to retire,” Colonel Thomas Collins told AFP.
McChrystal was forced to step down after he and his aides showed disdain for administration civilian officials in a Rolling Stone magazine profile.
The four-star general told the office that manages general officers that he would retire but has not yet submitted formal paperwork and it remained unclear how much more time he had in uniform, Collins added.
Obama has nominated General David Petraeus, credited with salvaging the US war in Iraq, to replace McChrystal at the Kabul headquarters.
Lawmakers predicted Petraeus will be easily confirmed by the US Senate, with hearings on his nomination due to start on Tuesday.