Adjutant general

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An adjutant general is a military chief administrative officer.


In Revolutionary France, the adjudant-général was a senior staff officer, effectively an assistant to a general officer.[1] It was a special position for lieutenant-colonels and colonels in staff service. Starting in 1795, only colonels could be appointed to the position. It was supplemented by the rank of adjudant-commandant in 1800. In 1803 the position was abolished and adjudants-généraux reverted to the rank of colonel.

Imperial Russia[edit]

In Imperial Russia, the General-Adjutant (Russian: Генерал-адъютант) was an assistant who attended the Tsar, a field marshal or a general.[2]


In India the Adjutant-General is the senior administration officer for the Indian Army and reports to the Chief of Army Staff.[3]


In Pakistan, the Adjutant-General and Judge Advocate General is the army's most senior administration and legal officer.[4]

United Kingdom[edit]

For over 250 years the Adjutant-General to the Forces was one of the most senior officers in the British Army. He was responsible for developing the Army's personnel policies and supporting its people.[5] Since 2016 the Adjutant-General has been renamed Commander Home Command with different responsibilities.

United States[edit]

US Army Adjutant General Corps

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

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  1. ^ "Paul Thiébault and the Development of the French Staff system from Ancien Régime to the Revolution". Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  2. ^ Mikaberidze, Alexander (2005). Russian Officer Corps of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Spellmount. p. lxv. ISBN 978-1862272699.
  3. ^ "Army Headquarters". Archived from the original on 2013-06-06.
  4. ^ "Lal Masjid probe: Adjutant General of Pakistan Army, Judge Advocate General made respondents". Pakistan Today. 24 December 2012.
  5. ^ Army conducts Top Level Organisational Review Defence News, 9 December 2009
  6. ^ "The Adjutant General of the U.S. Army". United States Army Human Resources Command. United States Army. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Army National Guard: Modern and Ready Operational Force in the Homeland and Abroad | National Guard Association of the United States". Retrieved 2013-02-24.

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