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The vice chief of staff of the Army (VCSA) is the principal deputy to the chief of staff of the Army, and is the second-highest-ranking officer on active duty in the
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. 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
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. By statute, the vice chief of staff is appointed as a
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in the
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while so serving. The incumbent vice chief of staff of the Army, since July 2019, is General Joseph M. Martin.


Role

The senior leadership of the U.S. Department of the Army consists of two civilians, the
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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
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) 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
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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
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(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.


Appointment

The vice chief of staff of the Army is appointed by the
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, by and with the advice and consent of the
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, from among the general officers of the Army. 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


See also

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Sergeant Major of the Army The Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) is a unique non-commissioned rank and position of office in the United States Army The United States Army (USA) is the land Land is the solid surface of Earth that is not permanently submerged in ...
* Under Secretary of the Army *
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC) is the second highest-ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps, and serves as a deputy for the commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC). Before 1946, the title was known as the assistant to ...
(USMC counterpart) *
Vice Chief of Naval Operations A vice is a practice, behaviour, or habit A habit (or wont as a humorous and formal term) is a routine of behavior Behavior (American English) or behaviour (British English; American and British English spelling differences#-our, -or, see ...
(USN counterpart) *
Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force The vice chief of staff of the Air Force (VCSAF) is the second highest-ranking military officer in the United States Air Force. In the event that the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, chief of staff of the Air Force (CSAF) is absent ...
(USAF counterpart) *
Vice Chief of Space Operations The vice chief of space operations (VCSO) is an office held by a four-star general A general officer is an officer of high rank in the armies, and in some nations' air forces, space forces, or marines Marines or naval infantry, ar ...
(USSF counterpart) *
Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard The vice commandant of the Coast Guard serves as the second-in-command of the United States Coast Guard. Since 1929, 31 officers have served as Vice Commandant, or, as the position was referred to before 1972, Assistant Commandant. The title of ...
(USCG counterpart)


References


External links


Official Website
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