General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
|General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Persian: ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران
Seal of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
Flag of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
|Reports to||Military office of the Supreme Leader|
|Appointer||Supreme Leader of Iran|
|Formation||26 September 1989|
|First holder||Major general Hassan Firouzabadi|
|Deputy||Major general Ataollah Salehi|
General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران) is the most senior military body in Iran, with an aim to implement policy, monitor and coordinate activities within the Armed Forces.
Iran's two existing separate militaries, the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (Arteš) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Sepāh) are formally subordinate to the general staff; as well as Iran's sole national police force, the Law Enforcement Force.
The organization was set up in 1989 in order to enhance cooperation and counterbalance the rivalry between the armed forces and is directly decreed by Supreme Leader of Iran, while the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics, responsible for planning, logistics and funding of the armed forces is part of the executive branch under President of Iran.
List of Chiefs of the General Staff
|№||Chief||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch||Deputies||President|
|1988||1989||0–1 years||none||Hassan Firouzabadi||Ali Khamenei|
|26 September 1989||28 June 2016||26 years, 276 days|
Ali Sayad Shirazi
Gholam Ali Rashid
|Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani|
(born c. 1960)
|28 June 2016||Incumbent||2 years, 270 days|
- Joint Staff of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
- Joint Staff of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army