Every good soldier wants to turn into a general. This is very true for every good soldier, including those singers, dancers and musicians.
Singer Song Zuying and dancer Liu Min are general, among many other performers. Added to the list, former women's volleyball player Chen Zhaodi was promoted to major general on July 14, 2006. China is known to be holding the largest military installation in the world with 3 million armed personnels. NBA player Wang Zhizhi is also an active duty PLA officer when he played for the Dallas Mavericks. He is in active duty when he refused to return to China to represent the Chinese national team in the Asian Cup, largely due to the high benefits playing NBA games. Wang is still on active duty as of today, and no court martial has been brought up or mentioned. What a strange army it is.
A foot note: in Chinese military, a major general carries one star. Corresponding to the brigadier general of western ranks, there's a 'big colonel' between a major general and the colonel.