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Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Flag of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.svg
Flag of the Chief of Staff of the Army
Mark Milley Army Chief of Staff.jpg
General Mark A. Milley

since 14 August 2015
Department of the Army
The Army Staff
Member of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Reports to Secretary of Defense
Secretary of the Army
Seat The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length 4 years
Constituting instrument 10 U.S.C. § 3033
Precursor Commanding General of the Army
Formation 15 August 1903
First holder LTG Samuel B. M. Young
Deputy Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
Website Official Website

The Chief of Staff of the Army (abbreviated as CSA) is a statutory office (10 U.S.C. § 3033) held by a four-star general in the United States Army, and is the most senior uniformed officer assigned to serve in the Department of the Army, and as such is the principal military advisor and a deputy to the Secretary of the Army; and is, in a separate capacity, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (10 U.S.C. § 151), and thereby a military advisor to the National Security Council, the Secretary of Defense, and the President. The Chief of Staff is typically the highest-ranking officer on active-duty in the U.S. Army unless the Chairman and/or the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are Army officers. The Chief of Staff of the Army is an administrative position based in the Pentagon, and while the Chief of Staff does not have operational command authority over Army forces proper (that is within the purview of the Combatant Commanders who reports to the Secretary of Defense), the Chief of Staff does exercise supervision of army units and organizations as the designee of the Secretary of the Army.

The current Chief of Staff of the Army is General Raymond T. Odierno.

Responsibilities[edit | edit source]

The senior leadership of the Department of the Army consists of two civilians, the Secretary of the Army (Head of the department and subordinate to the Secretary of Defense) and the Under Secretary of the Army, and two military officers, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

The Chief of Staff reports directly to the Secretary of the Army for army matters and assists in the Secretary's external affairs functions, including presenting and enforcing army policies, plans, and projections. The Chief of Staff also directs the Inspector General of the Army to perform inspections and investigations as required. The Chief of Staff also presides over the Army Staff and represents army capabilities, requirements, policy, plans, and programs in Joint fora.[1] Under delegation of authority made by the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff also designates army personnel and army resources to the Commanders of the Combatant Commands.[2] He also performs all other functions enumerated in 10 U.S.C. § 3033 under the authority, direction and control of the Secretary of the Army, or delegates those duties and responsibilities to other officers in his administration in his name. Like the other service counterparts, the Chief of Staff has no operational command authority over army forces, dating back to the passage of the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1958. The Chief of Staff is served by a number of Deputy Chiefs of Staff of the Army, such as G-1, Personnel. The Chief of Staff of the Army base pay is $19,326.60 per month.

The Chief of Staff is nominated by the President and must be confirmed by majority vote from the Senate.[3] By statute, the CSA is appointed as a four-star general.[3]

The Chief of Staff holds an annual future study program called Unified Quest.[4][5][6]

History[edit | edit source]

Prior to 1903, the senior military officer in the army was the Commanding General, who reported to the Secretary of War. From 1864 to 1865, Major General Henry Wager Halleck (who had previously been Commanding General) served as "Chief of Staff of the Army" under the Commanding General, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, thus serving in a different office and not as the senior officer in the army.

The first chief of staff moved his headquarters to Fort Myer in 1908.[Clarification needed]

List of Chiefs of Staff of the Army (1903–present)[edit | edit source]

# Name Photo Term began Term ended Notes
1. LTG Samuel B. M. Young Samuel Young.jpg August 15, 1903 January 8, 1904
2. LTG Adna Chaffee AdnaChaffee.jpg August 19, 1904 January 14, 1906
3. LTG John C. Bates Gen John Bates.jpg January 15, 1906 April 13, 1906
4. MG J. Franklin Bell JamesBell.jpg April 14, 1906 April 21, 1910
5. MG Leonard Wood Leonard Wood 1903.jpg April 22, 1910 April 21, 1914
6. MG William W. Wotherspoon William W. Wotherspoon.jpg April 22, 1914 November 16, 1914
7. MG Hugh L. Scott Hugh L. Scott Portrait.jpg November 17, 1914 September 22, 1917
8. GEN Tasker H. Bliss Gen Tasker H Bliss.JPG September 23, 1917 May 19, 1918
9. GEN Peyton C. March Gen Peyton C March.jpg May 20, 1918 June 30, 1921
10. General of the Armies John J. Pershing GEN Pershing as Chief Of Staff.jpg July 1, 1921 September 13, 1924
11. MG John L. Hines John L. Hines.jpg September 14, 1924 November 20, 1926
12. GEN Charles Pelot Summerall 50px November 21, 1926 November 20, 1930
13. GEN Douglas MacArthur MacArthur Manila.jpg November 21, 1930 October 1, 1935
14. GEN Malin Craig MalinCraig.jpg October 2, 1935 August 31, 1939
15. GA George C. Marshall General George C. Marshall, official military photo, 1946.JPEG September 1, 1939 November 18, 1945
16. GA Dwight D. Eisenhower EisenhowerChiefofStaffPortrait.jpg November 19, 1945 February 6, 1948
17. GEN Omar Bradley Omar Bradley, official military photo, 1949.JPEG February 7, 1948 August 15, 1949
18. GEN J. Lawton Collins Joseph Lawton Collins.jpg August 16, 1949 August 14, 1953
19. GEN Matthew B. Ridgway MatthewBRidgway.jpg August 15, 1953 June 29, 1955
20. GEN Maxwell D. Taylor Maxwell D Taylor official portrait.jpg June 30, 1955 June 30, 1959
21. GEN Lyman L. Lemnitzer Lyman L. Lemnitzer.jpg July 1, 1959 September 30, 1960
22. GEN George H. Decker GEN George Decker.jpg October 1, 1960 September 30, 1962
23. GEN Earle G. Wheeler Earle Wheeler official photo.JPEG October 1, 1962 July 2, 1964
24. GEN Harold K. Johnson HaroldJohnson.png July 3, 1964 July 2, 1968
25. GEN William C. Westmoreland Gen William C Westmoreland.jpg July 3, 1968 June 30, 1972
GEN Bruce Palmer, Jr. GEN Bruce Palmer.jpg July 1, 1972 October 11, 1972 Acting
26. GEN Creighton W. Abrams GEN Creighton W Abrams.JPG October 12, 1972 September 4, 1974 Died in office
27. GEN Frederick C. Weyand Frederick C Weyand.jpg October 3, 1974 September 30, 1976
28. GEN Bernard W. Rogers Bernard W. Rogers.jpg October 1, 1976 June 21, 1979
29. GEN Edward C. Meyer GEN Meyer, Edward C USA.JPEG June 22, 1979 June 21, 1983
30. GEN John A. Wickham, Jr. General John Wickham, official military photo 1988.JPEG July 23, 1983 June 23, 1987
31. GEN Carl E. Vuono General Carl Vuono, official military portrait 1987.JPEG June 23, 1987 June 21, 1991
32. GEN Gordon R. Sullivan General Gordon Sullivan, official military photo 1992.JPEG June 21, 1991 June 20, 1995
33. GEN Dennis J. Reimer Reimer chief of staff.JPEG June 20, 1995 June 21, 1999
34. GEN Eric K. Shinseki EricShinseki.jpg June 21, 1999 June 11, 2003
35. GEN Peter J. Schoomaker Peter Schoomaker.jpg August 1, 2003 April 10, 2007
36. GEN George W. Casey, Jr. George W. Casey 2007.jpg April 10, 2007 April 10, 2011
37. GEN Martin E. Dempsey Dempsey max.jpg April 11, 2011 September 7, 2011 Term shortened due to appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff[7]
38. GEN Raymond T. Odierno Odierno Raymond CSA ASU.jpg September 7, 2011 Present
39. GEN Mark A. Milley Mark Milley Army Chief of Staff.jpg 14 August 2015 Incumbent

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