Daniel A. Dailey

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Daniel A. Dailey
Daniel A. Dailey.jpg
Dailey at the Pentagon in January 2015
Nickname(s) Dani
Born (1969-01-11) January 11, 1969 (age 49)
Palmerton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1989–present
Rank Army-USA-OR-09a.svg Flag of the Sergeant Major of the United States Army.svg Sergeant Major of the Army
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star (4) with "V" Device
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Army Commendation Medal (7)
Army Achievement Medal (10)
Relations Divorce
Website Official profile

Daniel A. Dailey (born January 11, 1969) is the current Sergeant Major of the Army of the United States Army. He was sworn in as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army on January 30, 2015. He is the youngest soldier to serve in this position at 46 years old. Prior to his tenure as the Sergeant Major of the Army, he served as the Command Sergeant Major for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Early life and education

A native of Palmerton, Pennsylvania, Dailey entered the U.S. Army as an 11B (Infantryman) in 1989. He enlisted at the age of 17 prior to graduating high school.[1] He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.


As Sergeant Major of the Army, Dailey serves as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army's personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting soldier training and quality of life. His military education includes Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, the Bradley Master Gunner Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, First Sergeants Course, the Force Management Course, the Keystone Course, the Sergeants Major Academy, and the Command Sergeants Major course. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Excelsior College. He has served in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Infantry Divisions.

He is decorated with the Bronze Star with Valor for his leadership during the Siege of Sadr City. Later, he was selected as the 4th Infantry Division command sergeant major in 2009. Prior to his selection as the Sergeant Major of the Army, he served as the command sergeant major of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Personal life

Dailey is a member of the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion) and a member of the Distinguished Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.[2][3][1]

He has a wife and son.[4]

Awards and decorations

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
DMBadge.gif Wheeled Vehicle Driver Badge (Driver-W)
US Army Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Generic.png Expert Rifle Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
4th Infantry Division CSIB.png 4th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
9th Infantry Regiment DUI.png 9th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Service stripe.jpg 9 Service stripes
ArmyOSB.svg 8 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
(second ribbon to denote tenth award due to accoutrement spacing)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf cluster
Army Good Conduct Medal (9 awards)
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one campaign star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with seven campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Award numeral 4.png NCO Professional Development Ribbon with award numeral 4
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 6.png Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 6
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


  1. ^ a b "Newsmaker Q&A: Daniel Dailey, Sergeant Major of the Army". The Morning Call. March 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "SMA Dailey: "I am merely a product of the best the Army has ever had to offer" - NCO Journal". ncojournal.dodlive.mil.
  3. ^ "Sergeant Major of the Army - The United States Army". Sergeant Major of the Army - The United States Army.
  4. ^ "Holly Dailey Daniel Dailey Photostream". Zimbio. Retrieved 2018-05-19.

External links

  • U.S. Army Site
  • Official Biography
Military offices
Preceded by
Raymond F. Chandler
Sergeant Major of the Army
2015 - present
Succeeded by
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