Joint Chiefs of Staff (South Korea)

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Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea
Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff insignia.png
Insignia of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Active June 1963 – present
Country  South Korea
Commanders
JCS Chairman General Jeong Kyeong-doo
Army Chief of Staff General Kim Yong-woo
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Um Hyun-Seong
Air Force Chief of Staff General Lee Wang-keun

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea (Korean: 대한민국 합동참모본부, Hanja: 大韓民國 合同參謀本部) is a group of Chiefs from each major branch of the armed services in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Unlike the United States counterpart, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has Operational Control over all military personnel of the Armed Forces. The National Command Authority runs from the President and the Minister of National Defense to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then to Operational Commands of the service branches, bypassing the Headquarters of each service branch. Currently there are five Operational Commands in the Army, two in the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and one in the Air Force.

It was created in May 1954, though there had been Supreme Command of the Armed Forces dating from 1948.

All (regular) members of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs are 4-star generals and admirals, though the Deputy Chairman in the past has been 3-star Lieutenant-General or Vice-Admiral intermittently. Traditionally, the Chairman is chosen from the Army (with one previous and one current exceptions as October 2013) while the Deputy Chairman is selected from either the Navy or the Air Force. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, legally subordinate to the Republic of Korea Navy, can attend the Joint Chiefs of Staff meetings when examining the matter pertaining to the Marine Corps.

Current Members of the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff[edit]

(Since August 2017)

Portrait Name Position Branch
Air Force (ROKAF) General Jeong Kyeong-doo 공군대장 정경두 (UNC-CFC-USFK photo 170625-A-HU462-383).jpg General Jeong Kyeong-doo Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & Chief Director of the Joint Defense Headquarters Republic of Korea Air Force
Army (ROKA) General Kim Yong-woo 육군대장 김용우 (Chief of Staff of the Army featured photos 493736).jpg General Kim Yong-woo Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Army Republic of Korea Army
Navy (ROKN) Admiral Um Hyun-seong 해군대장 엄현성 (US Navy photo 170905-N-TB148-264, 20170905 International Seapower Symposium).jpg Admiral Um Hyun-Seong Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy Republic of Korea Navy
Air Force (ROKAF) General Lee Wang-keun 공군대장 이왕근 (UNC - CFC - USFK photo 170928-A-CD114-1082 69th ROK Armed Forces Day).jpg General Lee Wang-keun Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Air Force Republic of Korea Air Force

List of Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces[edit]

Chairman of the Combined Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Chairman of the Combined Chiefs of Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Republic
1
Lee Hyong-kon
Hyong-kon, LeeGeneral
Lee Hyong-kon
(1920–2002)
17 February 195427 June 19562 years, 131 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
2
Jeong Il-Gwon
Il-Gwon, JeongGeneral
Jeong Il-Gwon
(1917–1994)
27 June 195618 May 1957325 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
3
Yu Jae-Hyung
Jae-Hyung, YuLieutenant General
Yu Jae-Hyung
(1921–2011)
18 May 195726 February 19591 year, 284 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
4
Paik Sun-yup
Sun-yup, PaikGeneral
Paik Sun-yup
(born 1920)
26 February 195931 May 19601 year, 95 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
(3)
Yu Jae-Hyung
Jae-Hyung, YuLieutenant General
Yu Jae-Hyung
(1921–2011)
Acting
31 May 196029 August 196090 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
2nd Republic
5
Choi Young-Hee
Young-Hee, ChoiLieutenant General
Choi Young-Hee
(1921–2006)
29 August 19608 October 196040 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
2nd Republic
6
Kim Jong-oh
Jong-oh, KimGeneral
Kim Jong-oh
(1921–1966)
8 October 19601 June 19632 years, 236 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
2nd Republic

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Republic
1
Kim Jong-oh
Jong-oh, KimGeneral
Kim Jong-oh
(1921–1966)
1 June 196310 April 19651 year, 313 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
2
Jang Chang-guk
Chang-guk, JangGeneral
Jang Chang-guk
(1924–1996)
10 April 196510 April 19672 years, 9 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
3
Yim Chung-sik
Chung-sik, YimGeneral
Yim Chung-sik
(1922–1974)
10 April 19675 August 19681 year, 117 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
4
Moon Hyeung-tae
Hyeung-tae, MoonGeneral
Moon Hyeung-tae
(1922–2006)
7 August 19686 August 19701 year, 364 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
5
Sim Heung-sun
Heung-sun, SimGeneral
Sim Heung-sun
(1925–1978)
6 August 19702 June 19721 year, 301 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
6
Han shin
shin, HanGeneral
Han shin
(1922–1996)
2 June 197228 February 19752 years, 271 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic/
4th Republic
7
Roh Jae-hyun
Jae-hyun, RohGeneral
Roh Jae-hyun
(born 1926)
28 February 197529 December 19752 years, 304 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
4th Republic
8
Kim Jong-hwan
Jong-hwan, KimGeneral
Kim Jong-hwan
(born 1923)
29 December 197515 December 19791 year, 351 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
4th Republic
9
Lew Byong-hyun
Byong-hyun, LewGeneral
Lew Byong-hyun
(born 1924)
15 December 197915 May 19811 year, 151 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
4th Republic
10
Yoon Sung-min
Sung-min, YoonGeneral
Yoon Sung-min
(1926–2017)
15 May 198121 May 19821 year, 6 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
11
Kim Yoon-ho
Yoon-ho, KimGeneral
Kim Yoon-ho
(1930–2013)
21 May 19823 June 19831 year, 13 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
12
Lee Gee-baek
Gee-baek, LeeGeneral
Lee Gee-baek
(born 1931)
3 June 19833 June 19852 years, 0 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
13
Jung Jin-kwon
Jin-kwon, JungGeneral
Jung Jin-kwon
3 June 19859 July 19861 year, 36 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
14
Oh Ja-bok
Ja-bok, OhGeneral
Oh Ja-bok
(1930–2017)
9 July 198630 December 19871 year, 174 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
15
Choi Sae-chang
Sae-chang, ChoiGeneral
Choi Sae-chang
(born 1934)
30 December 198714 April 19891 year, 105 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
6th Republic
16
Chung Ho-keun
Ho-keun, ChungGeneral
Chung Ho-keun
14 April 19897 December 19912 years, 237 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
17
Lee Phil-sup
Phil-sup, LeeGeneral
Lee Phil-sup
7 December 199129 May 19931 year, 173 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
18
Lee Yang-ho
Yang-ho, LeeGeneral
Lee Yang-ho
(born 1937)
29 May 199324 December 19941 year, 209 daysRepublic of Korea Air Force emblem.png
Air Force
6th Republic
19
Kim Dong-jin
Dong-jin, KimGeneral
Kim Dong-jin
(born 1938)
24 December 199418 October 19961 year, 299 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
20
Yoon Yeoug-nam
Yeoug-nam, YoonGeneral
Yoon Yeoug-nam
(born 1940)
18 October 199626 March 19981 year, 159 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
21
Kim Jin-ho
Jin-ho, KimGeneral
Kim Jin-ho
26 March 199826 October 19991 year, 214 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
22
Cho Yung-kil
Yung-kil, ChoGeneral
Cho Yung-kil
(born 1940)
26 October 19998 October 20011 year, 347 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
23
Lee Nam-shin
Nam-shin, LeeGeneral
Lee Nam-shin
8 October 20017 April 20031 year, 181 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
24
Kim Jong-hwan
Jong-hwan, KimGeneral
Kim Jong-hwan
7 April 20037 April 20052 years, 0 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
25
Lee Sang-hee
Sang-hee, LeeGeneral
Lee Sang-hee
(born 1945)
7 April 200517 November 20061 year, 224 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
26
Kim Kwan-jin
Kwan-jin, KimGeneral
Kim Kwan-jin
(born 1949)
17 November 200625 March 20081 year, 129 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
27
Kim Tae-young
Tae-Young, KimGeneral
Kim Tae-young
(born 1949)
28 March 200823 September 20091 year, 182 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
28
Lee Sang-eui
Sang-eui, LeeGeneral
Lee Sang-eui
(born 1951)
30 September 200930 June 2010273 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
29
Lee Sang-eui
Sang-eui, LeeGeneral
Lee Sang-eui
(born 1951)
30 June 201026 October 20111 year, 118 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
30
Jeong Seung-jo
Seung-jo, JeongGeneral
Jeong Seung-jo
(born 1953)
26 October 201116 October 20131 year, 355 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
31
Choi Yoon-hee
Yoon-hee, ChoiAdmiral
Choi Yoon-hee
(born 1953)
16 October 20137 October 20151 year, 356 daysNaval Jack of South Korea.svg
Navy
6th Republic
32
Lee Sun-jin
Sun-jin, LeeGeneral
Lee Sun-jin
(born 1954)
7 October 201520 August 20171 year, 317 daysSeal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
33
Jeong Kyeong-doo
Kyeong-doo, JeongGeneral
Jeong Kyeong-doo
(born 1960)
20 August 2017Incumbent322 daysRepublic of Korea Air Force emblem.png
Air Force
6th Republic

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