Adjutant-General to the Forces

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The Adjutant-General to the Forces, commonly just referred to as the Adjutant-General (AG), was for just over 250 years one of the most senior officers in the British Army. He was latterly responsible for developing the Army's personnel policies and supporting its people.[1] The Adjutant-General usually held the rank of General or Lieutenant-General. Despite his administrative role, the Adjutant-General, like most officers above the rank of Major-General, was invariably drawn from one of the combat arms, not from the support corps.

In the late 19th and all of the 20th century the Adjutant-General was the Second Military Member of the Army Board.[2]

Headquarters Adjutant-General was based at the former RAF Upavon, now Trenchard Lines, Upavon, Wiltshire. On 1 April 2008 it amalgamated with HQ Land Command to form HQ Land Forces under 'Project Hyperion'.[3]

In December 2009 it was announced that the responsibilities of the Commander Regional Forces (i.e. responsibility for support) would be subsumed within those of the Adjutant-General to the Forces who henceforth would take responsibility for both personnel and support.[1]

In 2015 the post was re-designated Commander Personnel and Support Command.[4] In evidence to the House of Commons Defence Committee the Chief of the General Staff explained:

"In my new operating model, I no longer have an Adjutant-General. The reason that I do not have an Adjutant-General is that effectively I am the Adjutant-General. People matter so much to me that I have put that at the heart of my agenda. I am the first CGS ever to have done that."[5] (14 June 2016)

List of Adjutants-General to the Forces[edit]

Holders of the post include:[6]

For subsequent equivalent appointments see Commander Home Command.

Deputy Adjutants-General to the Forces[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Army conducts Top Level Organisational Review Defence News, 9 December 2009
  2. ^ The Army in 1906: A Policy and a Vindication By Hugh Oakeley Arnold-Forster, Page 481 Bibliobazaar, 2008, ISBN 978-0-559-66499-1
  3. ^ Drumbeat
  4. ^ "A new painting marks Army's relationship with Scotland over last 100 years". Ministry of Defence. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 and the Army". Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Army Commands Archived July 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Arthur William Alsager Pollock, The United service magazine (1882), p. 102: "The Adjutant-Generalship. — The appointment of Lieutenant-General R. C. H. Taylor, C.B., to officiate as Adjutant-General to the Forces, during the absence of Sir Garnet Wolseley on special service, is one that cannot fail to afford much satisfaction to the army." Wolseley was overseas to command British forces during the Second Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882.
  8. ^ "No. 27360". The London Gazette. 1 October 1901. p. 6400. 
  9. ^ "No. 27168". The London Gazette. 23 February 1900. p. 1260. 
  10. ^ "No. 27433". The London Gazette. 13 May 1902. p. 3179.