United States Under Secretary of the Army

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Under Secretary of the Army
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James E. McPherson

since July 23, 2019
United States Department of the Army
Style Mr. Under Secretary
Reports to Secretary of the Army
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Formation September 18, 1947
First holder William Henry Draper Jr.
Salary Executive Schedule, level III
Website www.army.mil

The United States Under Secretary of the Army is the second-highest ranking civilian official of the United States Department of the Army, serving directly under the United States Secretary of the Army. The Secretary and Under Secretary, together with two military officers, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army and the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, constitute the senior leaders of the United States Army.

The following officials report to the Under Secretary of the Army: the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), and the General Counsel of the Army. There are also two Deputy Under Secretaries of the Army who assist the Under Secretary in his tasks.

The current Under Secretary of the Army as of August 2, 2017 is Ryan D. McCarthy, replacing Karl F. Schneider who had served as Acting Under Secretary of the Army since January 20, 2017.[1]


The office was created in 1947 as part of the general reorganization of the United States Armed Forces occasioned by the National Security Act of 1947. The office was initially styled "Under Secretary of War" and was created by Department of War General Order 67, dated July 25, 1947.[2] Three weeks later, on August 16, 1947, Department of War Circular 225 redesignated the position as "Under Secretary of the Army".[2]

List of Under Secretaries of the Army

The following men have held the post:[3]

Name Tenure start Tenure end
William Henry Draper, Jr. September 1947 February 1949
Gordon Gray May 1949 June 1949
Tracy Voorhees August 1949 April 1950
Archibald S. Alexander May 1950 April 1952
Karl R. Bendesten May 1952 October 1952
Earl D. Johnson October 1952 January 1954
John Slezak February 1954 January 1955
Charles C. Finucane February 1955 April 1958
Hugh M. Milton II August 1958 January 1961
Stephen Ailes February 1961 January 1964
Paul Robert Ignatius February 1964 December 1964
Stanley Rogers Resor April 1965 July 1965
David E. McGiffert November 1965 February 1969
Thaddeus Beal March 1969 September 1971
Kenneth E. BeLieu September 1971 June 1973
Herman R. Staudt October 1973 May 1975
Norman Ralph Augustine May 1975 July 1977
Walter B. LaBerge July 1977 February 1980
Harry Spiro, Jr.[4] 1980 1981
James R. Ambrose October 1981 February 1988
Michael P. W. Stone May 1988 August 1989
John W. Shannon August 1989 November 1993
Joe R. Reeder November 1993 November 1997
Robert M. Walker November 1997 October 1998
Bernard D. Rostker November 1998 May 2000
Gregory R. Dahlberg May 2000 March 2001
Les Brownlee November 2001 December 2004
Raymond F. DuBois February 2005 February 2006
Pete Geren February 2006 July 2007
Nelson M. Ford July 2007 January 2009
Joseph W. Westphal September 2009 March 2014
Brad Carson March 2014 June 30, 2015
Eric Fanning (acting) June 30, 2016 November 3, 2015
Thomas E. Hawley (acting)[5] November 3, 2015 December 2015
Patrick Murphy January 4, 2016 January 20, 2017
Karl F. Schneider (acting) January 20, 2017 August 1, 2017
Ryan McCarthy August 1, 2017 July 23, 2019
James E. McPherson (acting) July 23, 2019 incumbent


  1. ^ "Under Secretary of the Army - The United States Army". Under Secretary of the Army - The United States Army. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Records of the office of the Secretary of the Army". archives.gov. August 15, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Former Under Secretaries". United States Army. Archived from the original on January 9, 2008. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Carter: NOMINATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE SENATE Week Ending". www.presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Thomas E. Hawley, a Senior Official, is performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Army" (PDF). army.mil. Retrieved April 6, 2018.

External links

  • Official website

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