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Abbreviations


 

Armed Forces - a2a1 - British Army - Command and Organisation - Higher Management of the Army

COMMAND AND ORGANISATION

HIGHER MANAGEMENT OF THE ARMY - ARMY BOARD

 
“Everyone wants peace - and they will fight the most terrible war to get it”.
Miles Kington - BBC Radio 4th February 1995


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is a Department of State, headed by the Secretary of State for Defence (SofS) who implements national defence policy and plans the expenditure of the defence budget. The MoD is the highest level of headquarters for the Armed Forces, both administrative and operational. All major issues of policy are referred to the SofS or to one of his three Ministerial colleagues:

  • Minister of State for the Armed Forces

  • Minister of State for International Defence and Security

  • Under-Secretary of State for Defence Equipment and Support

  • Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans

Under the direction of the Defence Council, management of the Services is the responsibility of the Service Boards; in the case of the Army the Army Board is the senior management directorate.

The routine management of the Army is the responsibility of The Army Board, the composition of which is shown in the following list.

THE ARMY BOARD

Secretary of State for Defence
Minister of State for the Armed Forces
Minister of State for International Defence and Security
Under Secretary of State for Defence Equipment and Support
Under-Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans
Chief of the General Staff
Second Permanent Under-Secretary of State (Secretary of the Army Board)
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
Adjutant General
Quartermaster General
Master General of the Ordnance
Commander in Chief Land Forces

Executive Committee of the Army Board (ECAB)


Attended by senior UK Army commanders, ECAB dictates the policy required for the Army to function efficiently and meet the aims required by the Defence Council and government. The Chief of the General Staff is the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Army Board.

Army Board and ECAB decisions are acted upon by the military staff at the various headquarters worldwide.

The Chief of the General Staff (CGS) is the officer responsible for the Army's contribution to the national defence effort and he maintains control through the commanders and the staff branches of each of the various army headquarters organisations.