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United States Secretary of the Army

United States Secretary of the Army

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Secretary of the Army
Flag of the Secretary of the Army[1]
Incumbent
Mark Esper

since November 20, 2017[2]
Department of the Army
Style Mister Secretary
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
Reports to Secretary of Defense
Appointer The President
with the advice and consent of the Senate
Term length No fixed term
Precursor Secretary of War
Inaugural holder Kenneth Claiborne Royall
Formation September 18, 1947
Succession 2nd in SecDef succession
Deputy The Under Secretary
(principal civilian deputy)
The Chief of Staff
(military advisor and deputy)
Salary Level II of the Executive Schedule
Website Official website

The Secretary of the Army (SA, SECARM[3] or SECARMY) is a senior civilian official within the Department of Defense of the United States of America with statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.

The Secretary of the Army is nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Secretary is a non-Cabinet level official serving under the Secretary of Defense.[4] This position was created on September 18, 1947, replacing the Secretary of War, when the Department of War was split into the Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force.[5]

On November 15, 2017, Mark Esper was confirmed as the Secretary of the Army, and was sworn in to office on November 20, 2017.[2]

Responsibilities

The Senior Leadership of the Department of the Army consists of two civilians—the Secretary of the Army and the Under Secretary of the Army—and two military officers of four-star rank—the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

The Secretary of the Army (10 U.S.C. § 3013) is in effect the chief executive officer of the Department of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army works directly for the Secretary of the Army. The Secretary presents and justifies Army policies, plans, programs, and budgets to the Secretary of Defense, other executive branch officials, and to the Congressional Defense Committees. The Secretary also communicates Army policies, plans, programs, capabilities, and accomplishments to the public. As necessary, the Secretary convenes meetings with the senior leadership of the Army to debate issues, provide direction, and seek advice. The Secretary is a member of the Defense Acquisition Board.

The Secretary of the Army has several responsibilities under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including the authority to convene general courts-martial. Other duties include management of the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army Program.[6]

Office of the Secretary of the Army

The Office of the Secretary of the Army is composed of the Under Secretary of the Army, the Assistant Secretaries of the Army, the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, the General Counsel of the Department of the Army, the Inspector General of the Army, the Chief of Legislative Liaison, and the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee. Other offices may be established by law or by the Secretary of the Army. No more than 1,865 officers of the Army on the active-duty list may be assigned or detailed to permanent duty in the Office of the Secretary of the Army and on the Army Staff.[7]

Chart showing the organization of the Office of the Secretary of Army and its relationship to the Army Staff.

Chronological list of Secretaries of the Army

Kenneth Claiborne Royall, the last Secretary of War, became the first Secretary of the Army when the National Defense Act of 1947 took effect and was the last Army secretary to hold the cabinet status, which was henceforth assigned to the Secretary of Defense.[5][8]

Photo Name Term of Office President(s) served under
Kenneth Claiborne Royall September 18, 1947 – April 27, 1949 Harry S. Truman
Gordon Gray[9] April 28, 1949 – April 12, 1950
Frank Pace April 12, 1950 – January 20, 1953
Earl D. Johnson
Acting[9]
January 20, 1953 – February 4, 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Robert T. Stevens February 4, 1953 – July 21, 1955
Wilber M. Brucker July 21, 1955 – January 19, 1961
Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr. January 24, 1961 – June 30, 1962 John F. Kennedy
Cyrus Roberts Vance July 5, 1962 – January 21, 1964 John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson
Stephen Ailes January 28, 1964 – July 1, 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson
Stanley R. Resor July 2, 1965 – June 30, 1971 Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon
Robert F. Froehlke July 1, 1971 – May 14, 1973 Richard Nixon
Howard H. Callaway May 15, 1973 – July 3, 1975 Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford
Norman R. Augustine
Acting[9]
July 3, 1975 – August 5, 1975 Gerald Ford
Martin R. Hoffmann August 5, 1975 – January 20, 1977
Clifford Alexander Jr. February 14, 1977 – January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Percy A. Pierre
Acting[9]
January 21, 1981 – January 29, 1981
John O. Marsh Jr. January 30, 1981 – August 14, 1989 Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush
Michael P. W. Stone August 14, 1989 – January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
John W. Shannon
Acting[10]
January 20, 1993 – August 26, 1993 Bill Clinton
Gordon R. Sullivan
Acting[11][12]
August 28, 1993 – November 21, 1993
Togo D. West Jr. November 22, 1993 – May 4, 1997
Robert M. Walker
Acting[9]
December 2, 1997 – July 1, 1998
Louis Caldera July 2, 1998 – January 20, 2001
Gregory R. Dahlberg
Acting
January 20, 2001 – March 4, 2001 George W. Bush
Joseph W. Westphal
Acting[9]
March 5, 2001 – May 31, 2001
Thomas E. White May 31, 2001 – May 9, 2003
Les Brownlee
Acting
May 10, 2003 – November 18, 2004
Francis J. Harvey November 19, 2004 – March 9, 2007
Pete Geren March 9, 2007 – September 21, 2009 George W. Bush, Barack Obama
John M. McHugh September 21, 2009 – November 1, 2015 Barack Obama
Eric Fanning
Acting
November 3, 2015 – January 11, 2016
Patrick Murphy
Acting
January 11, 2016 – May 17, 2016
Eric Fanning May 17, 2016 – January 20, 2017
Robert Speer
Acting
January 20, 2017 – August 2, 2017 Donald Trump
Ryan McCarthy
Acting
August 2, 2017 – November 20, 2017
Mark Esper November 20, 2017 – present

References

  1. ^ http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r840_10.pdf Archived 2010-06-07 at the Wayback Machine., accessed on 2012-01-04.
  2. ^ a b "Secretary of the Army". U.S. Army. Retrieved 2017-11-21. 
  3. ^ "SECARM sets goals, timeline for Rapid Capabilities Office: AUSA exclusive". defensenews.com. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,3013. Secretary of the Army". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Bell, William Gardner (1992). ""Kenneth Claiborne Royall"". Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army: Portraits and Biographical Sketches. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Secretary of the Army". Archived from the original on September 21, 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  7. ^ "US CODE: Title 10,3014. Office of the Secretary of the Army". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  8. ^ Bell, William Gardner. ""Intro - Secretaries of War & Secretaries of the Army"". Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army: Portraits & Biographical Sketches. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f *Bell, William Gardner (1992). Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Army: Portraits and Biographical Sketches. Washington, D.C.: United States Army Center of Military History. 
  10. ^ "Secretary of the Army Accused of Shoplifting", Stephanie Griffith and Bill Miller, The Washington Post, August 28, 1993
  11. ^ The Daily Sentinel (Ohio/West Virginia), Acting Army Chief Ticketed for Shoplifting, August 29, 1993
  12. ^ U.S. Organization Chart Service, Department of Defense Fact Book, 2006, page 17

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