The coveted aide de camp and enlisted aide positions bring laurels to those selected to serve a general officer.
DEP'T OF ARMY, FIELD MANUAL 101-5, STAR ORGANIZATION ANY OPERATIONS 4-29 (31 May 1997) [hereinafter FM 101-5] (establishing the aide de camp as a member of the general officer's personal staff).
General officers "occupying a modification table of organization and equipment (MTOE) position" and general officers "in command of troops may be assigned an aide de camp.
Field Manual 101-5 establishes the aide de camp as a member of the general officer's personal staff.
Army Regulation 611-101, COMMISSIONED OFFICE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (26 June 1995), contains a brief description of the aide de camp role, but does not outline required or permissible duties.
He served as aide de camp to General Horatio Gates and accompanied Gates to upstate New York where he saw the diseased remnants of the American army's retreat down from Canada.
Though Trumbull volunteered in 1778 as aide de camp to General John Sullivan in the latter's attempt to dislodge the British from Newport, Rhode Island (during which Trumbull saw more battle action at Quaker Hill than at any other point of his service), he never again served in any official capacity in the colonial army.
The former aide de camp to General Washington was arrested on charges of high treason in November 1780, a charge probably concocted as a reaction to the American execution of British spy Major John Andre.