The Army is commanded from the Headquarters at Andover and the Chief of
the General Staff has the responsibility for preparing, training and
equipping the forces under his command for operations worldwide.
Headquarters Joint Forces Command (HQ JFC) at Northwood in Middlesex has
an important input into command at the operational level. It is almost
certain that any operation where Army units (or formations) are involved
will be under the overall command of the Commander Joint Forces (CJF)
and his subsidiary headquarters PJHQ.
The following diagram illustrates this
chain-of-command as at mid 2015.
The Chief of the
General Staff keeps a small ‘forward headquarters’ at the MoD in London.
(1) Stars denote the rank of the incumbent: 4 star - General; 3 star -
Lieutenant General; 2 star - Major General; 1 star -
(2) From Mid 2009 HQ Land Forces has been located at Andover in
Hampshire having moved from Wilton near Salisbury.
Commander Force Development and Capability (FDC) is responsible
for training the Army, developing its overall capability, doctrine and
sustainability. Previously known as Force Development and Training the
Command was renamed in April 2014 as Force Development and Capability
following the transfer of some of its responsibilities.
Commander Land Forces (CLF) is responsible for delivering and
sustaining the Army's operational capability, whenever required. CLF
commands almost all of the Army’s fighting formations
The Adjutant-General (AG) has the responsibility for all aspects
of personnel policy from recruiting through career management and
everyday personnel administration. In addition the AG’s department is
responsible for a whole mass of administrative functions such as legal
and medical services that enables the system to function efficiently.