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The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)

Symbol of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Source: pnt.gov

Joint Chiefs of Staff

Origin of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Past Chairmen of the JCS

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is composed of the highest-ranking member of each branch of the military. It consists of the chairman, the vice chairman, the chief of staff of the army, the chief of naval operations, the chief of staff of the air force, and the commandant of the Marine Corps.

The chairman is the principal military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense, and the National Security Council (NSC). The Joint Chiefs of Staff has no executive authority to commit combatant forces.

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