The Chain of Command

The chain of command leads from the President (as commander-in-chief) through the Secretary of Defense down to the newest recruits. The United States armed forces are organized through the United States Department of Defense, which oversees a complex structure of joint command and control functions with many units reporting to various commanding officers.

 

Commander-in-Chief President Donald J. Trump
Commander-in-Chief
President Donald J. Trump
Secretary of Defense Honorable James Mattis
Secretary of Defense
Honorable James Mattis
Secretary of the Army Photo not Available
Secretary of the Army
Dr. Mark T. Esper
United States Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley
United States Army Chief of Staff
General Mark A. Milley
Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command General Stephen J. Townsend
Commanding General,
U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command
General Stephen J. Townsend
Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command Brigadier General John R. Evans, Jr.
Commanding General,
U.S. Army Cadet Command
Major General John R. Evans, Jr.
Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey
Sergeant Major of the Army
Daniel A. Dailey
Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Sergeant Major Timothy A. Guden
Command Sergeant Major,
U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command
Command Sergeant Major
Timothy A. Guden
Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Cadet Command Command Sergeant Major Mario O. Terenas
Command Sergeant Major,
U.S. Army Cadet Command
Command Sergeant Major
Mario O. Terenas