Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
|Vice Chief of Staff of the Army|
Flag of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
|United States Department of the Army|
|Member of||Army Staff|
Joint Requirements Oversight Council
|Reports to||Chief of Staff of the Army|
|Seat||The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||Not fixed|
|Constituting instrument||10 U.S.C. § 3034|
|Precursor||Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Army|
|Formation||November 1, 1948|
|First holder||GEN J. Lawton Collins|
|Succession||First in Chief of Staff succession|
|Deputy||Director of the Army Staff|
The vice chief of staff generally handles the day-to-day administration of the Army Staff, freeing the chief of staff to attend to the interservice responsibilities of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. By statute, the vice chief of staff is appointed as a four-star general in the United States Army while so serving.
The incumbent vice chief of staff of the Army, since July 2019, is General Joseph M. Martin.
The senior leadership of the U.S. Department of the Army consists of two civilians, the secretary of the Army and the under secretary of the Army, as well as two commissioned officers, the Army Chief of Staff and the Army Vice Chief of Staff.
Under the supervision and direction of the secretary of the Army (who in turn is under the authority, direction and control of the secretary of defense) the vice chief of staff assists the chief of staff on missions and functions related to their duties. The vice chief of staff also assists the chief of staff in the management/oversight of U.S. Army installations and facilities.
Furthermore, the vice chief of staff may also represent the Army at the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Joint Staff level in areas relating to the chief of staff's responsibility and U.S. Army capabilities, requirements, policy, plans, and programs. The vice chief of staff is the designated Army representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC).
If the chief of staff is incapacitated or otherwise relieved of duty, the vice chief of staff serves as the acting chief of staff. If both the chief of staff and the vice chief of staff were to be incapacitated, the senior-most general on the Army Staff would become the acting chief of staff of the Army until someone else is appointed.
Unlike the chief of staff of the Army, there is no fixed term nor term limit to the position of the vice chief of staff, although most of those appointed to the office have typically served for two or three year tenures.
List of Vice Chiefs of Staff of the Army
|No.||Portrait||Vice Chief of Staff
of the Army
|Took office||Left office||Time in office||Notes|
J. Lawton Collins
|1 November 1948||15 August 1949||287 days||Chief of Staff of the Army (1949–53)|
U.S. Representative to NATO (1953–54)
Special Representative in South Vietnam (1954–55)
U.S. Representative to NATO (1955–56)
Wade H. Haislip
|16 August 1949||30 July 1951||1 year, 347 days||Retired, 1951|
John E. Hull
|30 July 1951||14 August 1953||2 years, 15 days||Commander of Far East Command (1953–55)|
Charles L. Bolte
|15 August 1953||29 June 1955||1 year, 318 days||Retired, 1955|
Williston B. Palmer
|30 June 1955||31 May 1957||1 year, 335 days||Deputy Commander, USEUCOM (1957–59)|
Director of Military Assistance, OSD, (1959–60)
Lyman L. Lemnitzer
|June 1, 1957||June 30, 1959||2 years, 29 days||Chief of Staff (1959–60)|
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1960–62)
George H. Decker
|July 1, 1959||September 29, 1960||1 year, 90 days||Chief of Staff (1960–62)|
Clyde D. Eddleman
|September 30, 1960||March 31, 1962||1 year, 181 days||Retired, 1962|
|1 April 1962||September 3, 1964||2 years, 155 days||Retired, 1964|
|September 4, 1964||April 30, 1967||2 years, 238 days||Deputy Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (1967–68)|
Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (1968–72)
Chief of Staff (1972–74)
Died in office, 1974.
Ralph E. Haines Jr.
|May 1, 1967||July 2, 1968||1 year, 62 days||Commander, United States Army Pacific (1968–70)|
Commander, Continental Army Command (1970–73)
Bruce Palmer Jr.
|July 3, 1968||January 31, 1973||4 years, 212 days||Acting Chief of Staff (July–October 1972)|
Commander, United States Readiness Command (1973–74)
|February 1, 1973||July 31, 1973||180 days||Chief of Staff to the President (1973–74)|
Secretary of State (1981–82)
Frederick C. Weyand
|August 1, 1973||October 20, 1974||1 year, 80 days||Chief of Staff, 1974–76|
Walter T. Kerwin Jr.
|October 21, 1974||1978||~4 years||Retired, 1978|
Frederick J. Kroesen
|1978||1979||~1 year||Commander, United States Army Europe (1979–83)|
John William Vessey Jr.
|1979||1982||~3 years||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1982–85)|
Special emissary to Vietnam for missing American service personnel (1985–96)
John A. Wickham Jr.
|1982||1983||~1 year||Chief of Staff (1983–87)|
Maxwell R. Thurman
|1983||1987||~4 years||Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (1987–89)|
Commander, United States Southern Command (1990–91)
Arthur E. Brown Jr.
|1987||1989||~2 years||Retired, 1989|
Robert W. RisCassi
|1989||1990||~1 year||Commander, Eighth United States Army (1990–92)|
Commander, United States Forces Korea (1992–93)
Gordon R. Sullivan
|1990||1991||~1 year||Chief of Staff, 1991–95|
Dennis J. Reimer
|1991||1993||~2 years||Commander, Forces Command (1993–95)|
Chief of Staff (1995–99)
J. H. Binford Peay III
|1993||1994||~1 year||Commander, Central Command, 1994–97|
John H. Tilelli Jr.
|1994||1995||~1 year||Commander, Forces Command (1995–96)|
Commander, U.S. Forces Korea (1996–99)
Ronald H. Griffith
|1995||1997||~2 years||Retired, 1997|
William W. Crouch
|1997||1998||~1 year||Retired, 1998|
Eric K. Shinseki
|November 24, 1998||June 21, 1999||209 days||Chief of Staff (1999–2003)|
Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2009–14)
John M. Keane
|June 22, 1999||October 16, 2003||4 years, 116 days||Retired, 2003.|
George W. Casey Jr.
|October 17, 2003||June 23, 2004||250 days||Commander Multi-National Force – Iraq (2004–07)|
Chief of Staff (2007–11)
Richard A. Cody
|June 24, 2004||July 31, 2008||4 years, 37 days||Retired, 2008|
Peter W. Chiarelli
|August 4, 2008||January 31, 2012||3 years, 180 days||Retired, 2012|
Lloyd J. Austin III
|January 31, 2012||March 8, 2013||1 year, 36 days||Commander, United States Central Command (2013–2016)|
John F. Campbell
|March 8, 2013||August 8, 2014||1 year, 153 days||Commander, International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan (2014–2016)|
Daniel B. Allyn
|August 15, 2014||June 16, 2017||2 years, 305 days||Retired, 2017|
James C. McConville
|June 16, 2017||July 26, 2019||2 years, 40 days||Chief of Staff (2019–)|
Joseph M. Martin
|July 26, 2019||Incumbent||1 year, 86 days|
- Sergeant Major of the Army
- Under Secretary of the Army
- Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (USMC counterpart)
- Vice Chief of Naval Operations (USN counterpart)
- Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (USAF counterpart)Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (USAF counterpart)
- Vice Chief of Space Operations (USSF counterpart)
- Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard (USCG counterpart)
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