Adjutant general

Adjutant general

An Adjutant General is a military chief administrative officer.


Imperial Russia

In Imperial Russia, the General-Adjutant (Russian: Генерал-адъютант) was a Court officer, who was usually an army general. He served as a personal aide to the Tsar and hence was a member of the H. I. M. Retinue. General-Adjutant was not a rank but rather an honorary title.

The early Table of Ranks included a similarly named army officer position, a general's adjutant with a rank of Colonel.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the Adjutant-General to the Forces (AG) is the head of the British Army's infrastructure and administration and is the second most senior staff general in the Army after the Chief of the General Staff. He used to generally hold the rank of general, but is now usually a Lieutenant-General.

Chief administrative officers in other formations are entitled Deputy Adjutant-General (DAG), Assistant Adjutant-General (AAG), or Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (DAAG), depending on the size of the formation.

The Adjutant General's Corps is tasked with personnel management, financial management, general administration, military education, legal services, and provost (military policing and prison) services.

United States

US Army Adjutant General Corps

In the United States, there are three definitions for this term:

  • The chief administrative officer of the United States Army with the rank of Lieutenant General, who is subordinated to the Army Chief of Staff, and is known as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, or ACS, G-1. This officer is head of the Adjutant General's Corps, and is responsible for the procedures affecting personnel procurement and for the administration and preservation of records of all army personnel. See List of Adjutants General of the U.S. Army.
  • The chief administrative officer of a major military unit, such as a division, corps, or army. This officer is normally subordinated to the unit Chief of Staff, and is known as the G-1.
  • The senior military officer and de facto commander of a state's military forces, including the National Guard, the Naval Militia, and any State Defense Forces. This officer is known as TAG, and is subordinated to the Chief Executive. In 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands, the Adjutant General is appointed by the Governor. The exceptions are Vermont, where the Adjutant General is appointed by the legislature, South Carolina, where they are elected by the voters, and the District of Columbia, where a commanding general is appointed by the President of the United States of America.


The Adjutant General is the chief of the Queen's Military Household. Usually the Adjutant General holds the rank of a Lieutenant General or Vice Admiral. The Adjutant General heads the staff of aides-de-camp, who prepare public appearances by members of the Royal House and assist with major events.

The aides-de-camp are members of the armed forces or the Royal Military Constabulary who have attained the rank of commander or lieutenant colonel. The various branches of the armed forces second these officers to the Court for a period of three years.

The Queen can appoint aides-de-camp extraordinary from among aides-de-camp who have completed their term of service. This means they can be recalled for temporary service in special circumstances.

The Adjutant General and the aides-de-camp wear a gold aiguillette (a decoration consisting of intertwined cords) on the right shoulder of their uniforms. On their lapels is the letter B (for Beatrix) and above it a crown.

Sri Lanka

In the Sri Lanka, the Adjutant General is a senior general in the Sri Lanka Army General Staff, who heads the Adjutant General's Branch which is responsible for personal administration, welfare, medical services and rehabilitation with the Sri Lanka Army.

Coming under the preview of the Adjutant General's Branch is the following Directorates;

  • Directorate of personal administration
  • Directorate of medical services
  • Directorate of rehabilitation

See also

  • Adjutant
  • Adjutant Generals of California

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  • Adjutant general — Adjutant Ad ju*tant, n. [L. adjutans, p. pr. of adjutare to help. See {Aid}.] 1. A helper; an assistant. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) A regimental staff officer, who assists the colonel, or commanding officer of a garrison or regiment, in the details …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjutant general — n. pl. adjutants general 1. an officer in an army who is chief administrative assistant of the commanding officer of a corps or division 2. [A G ] a) U.S. Army the chief administrative officer, having the rank of major general, in charge of the… …   English World dictionary

  • adjutant general — pl. adjutants general. 1. U.S. Army. a. the Adjutant General, the chief administrative officer of the Army. b. an adjutant of a unit having a general staff, usually an officer of the Adjutant General s Corps. 2. a high, often the highest, officer …   Universalium

  • adjutant general — ad′jutant gen′eral n. pl. adjutants general mil a) the Adjutant General, the chief administrative officer of the U.S. Army b) an adjutant of a unit having a general staff …   From formal English to slang

  • adjutant-general — adjutant genˈeral noun (pl adjutants genˈeral) 1. The head of a department of the general staff 2. The executive officer of a general • • • Main Entry: ↑adjutant …   Useful english dictionary

  • adjutant-general — general who assists the commanding officer of a division …   English contemporary dictionary

  • adjutant general — noun a general s adjutant; chief administrative officer • Hypernyms: ↑adjutant, ↑aide, ↑aide de camp …   Useful english dictionary

  • adjutant general — /ædʒətənt ˈdʒɛnrəl/ (say ajuhtuhnt jenruhl) noun (plural adjutants general) Military 1. (in the British Army) a. the head of a department of the general staff. b. an executive officer of a general. 2. (in the US Army) a. the chief administrative… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • adjutant general — noun (plural adjutants general) Date: 1645 1. the chief administrative officer of an army who is responsible especially for the administration and preservation of personnel records 2. the chief administrative officer of a major military unit (as… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adjutant general — noun (plural adjutants general) (in the British army) a high ranking administrative officer. ↘(in the US army) the chief administrative officer …   English new terms dictionary

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