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 Department of the Army.
|Vice Chief of Staff of the Army|
General Randy A. George
since August 5, 2022
|United States 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. § 7034|
|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 August 5, 2022, is General Randy A. George.
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.
The vice chief of staff of the Army is appointed by the president, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, 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.
|No.||Portrait||Vice Chief of Staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Chief of Staff|
J. Lawton Collins
|November 1, 1948||August 15, 1949|
|287 days||Omar Bradley|
Wade H. Haislip
|August 16, 1949||July 29, 1951|
|1 year, 347 days||J. Lawton Collins|
John E. Hull
|July 30, 1951||August 14, 1953|
|2 years, 15 days||J. Lawton Collins|
Charles L. Bolte
|August 15, 1953||June 29, 1955|
|1 year, 318 days||Matthew Ridgway|
Williston B. Palmer
|June 30, 1955||May 31, 1957|
|1 year, 335 days||Maxwell D. Taylor|
Lyman L. Lemnitzer
|June 1, 1957||June 30, 1959|
|2 years, 29 days||Maxwell D. Taylor|
George H. Decker
|July 1, 1959||September 29, 1960|
|1 year, 90 days||Lyman Lemnitzer|
Clyde D. Eddleman
|September 30, 1960||March 31, 1962|
|1 year, 181 days||George Decker|
|April 1, 1962||September 3, 1964|
|2 years, 155 days||George Decker|
Harold K. Johnson
Creighton W. Abrams Jr.
|September 4, 1964||April 30, 1967|
|2 years, 238 days||Harold K. Johnson|
Ralph E. Haines Jr.
|May 1, 1967||July 2, 1968|
|1 year, 62 days||Harold K. Johnson|
Bruce Palmer Jr.
|July 3, 1968||January 4, 1973|
|4 years, 185 days||William Westmoreland|
Alexander M. Haig Jr.
|January 4, 1973||May 4, 1973|
|120 days||Creighton Abrams|
Frederick C. Weyand
|May 4, 1973||October 20, 1974|
|1 year, 169 days||Creighton Abrams|
Walter T. Kerwin Jr.
|October 21, 1974||September 23, 1978|
|3 years, 337 days||Frederick C. Weyand|
Bernard W. Rogers
Frederick J. Kroesen
|October 26, 1978||October 7, 1979|
|346 days||Bernard W. Rogers|
Edward C. Meyer
John W. Vessey Jr.
|October 10, 1979||January 19, 1982|
(became JCS chairman)
|2 years, 101 days||Edward C. Meyer|
John A. Wickham Jr.
|January 27, 1982||June 22, 1983|
|1 year, 146 days||Edward C. Meyer|
Maxwell R. Thurman
|August 26, 1983||February 4, 1987|
|3 years, 162 days||John A. Wickham Jr.|
Arthur E. Brown Jr.
|February 15, 1987||January 20, 1989|
|1 year, 340 days||John A. Wickham Jr.|
Carl E. Vuono
Robert W. RisCassi
|January 21, 1989||December 10, 1990|
|1 year, 323 days||Carl E. Vuono|
Gordon R. Sullivan
|December 17, 1990||June 20, 1991|
|185 days||Carl E. Vuono|
Dennis J. Reimer
|June 21, 1991||January 20, 1993|
|1 year, 213 days||Gordon R. Sullivan|
J. H. Binford Peay III
|January 23, 1993||January 15, 1994|
|357 days||Gordon R. Sullivan|
John H. Tilelli Jr.
|January 20, 1994||January 2, 1995|
|347 days||Gordon R. Sullivan|
Ronald H. Griffith
|January 26, 1995||July 20, 1997|
|2 years, 175 days||Gordon R. Sullivan|
William W. Crouch
|August 6, 1997||November 22, 1998|
|1 year, 108 days||Dennis Reimer|
Eric K. Shinseki
|November 24, 1998||June 21, 1999|
|209 days||Dennis Reimer|
John M. Keane
|June 22, 1999||October 16, 2003|
|4 years, 116 days||Eric Shinseki|
George W. Casey Jr.
|October 17, 2003||July 23, 2004|
|280 days||Peter Schoomaker|
Richard A. Cody
|July 24, 2004||July 31, 2008|
|4 years, 7 days||Peter Schoomaker|
George W. Casey Jr.
Peter W. Chiarelli
|August 4, 2008||January 31, 2012|
|3 years, 180 days||George W. Casey Jr.|
Raymond T. Odierno
Lloyd J. Austin III
|January 31, 2012||March 8, 2013|
|1 year, 36 days||Raymond T. Odierno|
John F. Campbell
|March 8, 2013||August 8, 2014|
|1 year, 153 days||Raymond T. Odierno|
Daniel B. Allyn
|August 15, 2014||June 16, 2017|
|2 years, 305 days||Raymond T. Odierno|
Mark A. Milley
James C. McConville
|June 16, 2017||July 26, 2019|
|2 years, 40 days||Mark A. Milley|
Joseph M. Martin
|July 26, 2019||August 5, 2022|
|3 years, 10 days||Mark A. Milley|
James C. McConville
Randy A. George
|August 5, 2022||Incumbent||234 days||James C. McConville|