Joint Chiefs of Staff (South Korea)

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Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea
Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff insignia.png
Insignia of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Active June 1963 – present
Country  South Korea
Commanders
JCS Chairman General Jeong Kyeong-doo
Army Chief of Staff General Kim Yong-woo
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Um Hyun-Seong
Air Force Chief of Staff General Lee Wang-keun

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea (Korean: 대한민국 합동참모본부, Hanja: 大韓民國 合同參謀本部) is a group of Chiefs from each major branch of the armed services in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Unlike the United States counterpart, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has Operational Control over all military personnel of the Armed Forces. The National Command Authority runs from the President and the Minister of National Defense to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then to Operational Commands of the service branches, bypassing the Headquarters of each service branch. Currently there are five Operational Commands in the Army, two in the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and one in the Air Force.

It was created in May 1954, though there had been Supreme Command of the Armed Forces dating from 1948.

All (regular) members of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs are 4-star generals and admirals, though the Deputy Chairman in the past has been 3-star Lieutenant-General or Vice-Admiral intermittently. Traditionally, the Chairman is chosen from the Army (with one previous and one current exceptions as October 2013) while the Deputy Chairman is selected from either the Navy or the Air Force. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, legally subordinate to the Republic of Korea Navy, can attend the Joint Chiefs of Staff meetings when examining the matter pertaining to the Marine Corps.

Current Members of the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff[edit]

(Since August 2017)

Portrait Name Position Branch
Air Force (ROKAF) General Jeong Kyeong-doo 공군대장 정경두 (UNC-CFC-USFK photo 170625-A-HU462-383).jpg General Jeong Kyeong-doo Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & Chief Director of the Joint Defense Headquarters Republic of Korea Air Force
Army (ROKA) General Kim Yong-woo 육군대장 김용우 (Chief of Staff of the Army featured photos 493736).jpg General Kim Yong-woo Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Army Republic of Korea Army
Navy (ROKN) Admiral Um Hyun-seong 해군대장 엄현성 (US Navy photo 170905-N-TB148-264, 20170905 International Seapower Symposium).jpg Admiral Um Hyun-Seong Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy Republic of Korea Navy
Air Force (ROKAF) General Lee Wang-keun 공군대장 이왕근 (UNC - CFC - USFK photo 170928-A-CD114-1082 69th ROK Armed Forces Day).jpg General Lee Wang-keun Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Air Force Republic of Korea Air Force

List of Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces[edit]

Chairman of the Combined Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Chairman of the Combined Chiefs of Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Republic
1
Lee Hyong-kon
Hyong-kon, LeeGeneral Lee Hyong-kon
(1920–2002)
17 February 1954 27 June 1956 2 years, 131 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
2
Jeong Il-Gwon
Il-Gwon, JeongGeneral Jeong Il-Gwon
(1917–1994)
27 June 1956 18 May 1957 325 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
3
Yu Jae-Hyung
Jae-Hyung, YuLieutenant General Yu Jae-Hyung
(1921–2011)
18 May 1957 26 February 1959 1 year, 284 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
4
Paik Sun-yup
Sun-yup, PaikGeneral Paik Sun-yup
(born 1920)
26 February 1959 31 May 1960 1 year, 95 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
1st Republic
(3)
Yu Jae-Hyung
Jae-Hyung, YuLieutenant General Yu Jae-Hyung (Acting)
(1921–2011)
31 May 1960 29 August 1960 90 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
2nd Republic
5
Choi Young-Hee
Young-Hee, ChoiLieutenant General Choi Young-Hee
(1921–2006)
29 August 1960 8 October 1960 40 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
2nd Republic
6
Kim Jong-oh
Jong-oh, KimGeneral Kim Jong-oh
(1921–1966)
8 October 1960 1 June 1963 2 years, 236 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
2nd Republic

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Republic
1
Kim Jong-oh
Jong-oh, KimGeneral Kim Jong-oh
(1921–1966)
1 June 1963 10 April 1965 1 year, 313 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
2
Jang Chang-guk
Chang-guk, JangGeneral Jang Chang-guk
(1924–1996)
10 April 1965 10 April 1967 2 years, 9 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
3
Yim Chung-sik
Chung-sik, YimGeneral Yim Chung-sik
(1922–1974)
10 April 1967 5 August 1968 1 year, 117 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
4
Moon Hyeung-tae
Hyeung-tae, MoonGeneral Moon Hyeung-tae
(1922–2006)
7 August 1968 6 August 1970 1 year, 364 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
5
Sim Heung-sun
Heung-sun, SimGeneral Sim Heung-sun
(1925–1978)
6 August 1970 2 June 1972 1 year, 301 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic
6
Han shin
shin, HanGeneral Han shin
(1922–1996)
2 June 1972 28 February 1975 2 years, 271 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
3rd Republic/
4th Republic
7
Roh Jae-hyun
Jae-hyun, RohGeneral Roh Jae-hyun
(born 1926)
28 February 1975 29 December 1975 2 years, 304 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
4th Republic
8
Kim Jong-hwan
Jong-hwan, KimGeneral Kim Jong-hwan
(born 1923)
29 December 1975 15 December 1979 1 year, 351 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
4th Republic
9
Lew Byong-hyun
Byong-hyun, LewGeneral Lew Byong-hyun
(born 1924)
15 December 1979 15 May 1981 1 year, 151 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
4th Republic
10
Yoon Sung-min
Sung-min, YoonGeneral Yoon Sung-min
(1926–2017)
15 May 1981 21 May 1982 1 year, 6 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
11
Kim Yoon-ho
Yoon-ho, KimGeneral Kim Yoon-ho
(1930–2013)
21 May 1982 3 June 1983 1 year, 13 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
12
Lee Gee-baek
Gee-baek, LeeGeneral Lee Gee-baek
(born 1931)
3 June 1983 3 June 1985 2 years, 0 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
13
Jung Jin-kwon
Jin-kwon, JungGeneral Jung Jin-kwon 3 June 1985 9 July 1986 1 year, 36 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
14
Oh Ja-bok
Ja-bok, OhGeneral Oh Ja-bok
(1930–2017)
9 July 1986 30 December 1987 1 year, 174 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
15
Choi Sae-chang
Sae-chang, ChoiGeneral Choi Sae-chang
(born 1934)
30 December 1987 14 April 1989 1 year, 105 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
5th Republic
6th Republic
16
Chung Ho-keun
Ho-keun, ChungGeneral Chung Ho-keun 14 April 1989 7 December 1991 2 years, 237 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
17
Lee Phil-sup
Phil-sup, LeeGeneral Lee Phil-sup 7 December 1991 29 May 1993 1 year, 173 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
18
Lee Yang-ho
Yang-ho, LeeGeneral Lee Yang-ho
(born 1937)
29 May 1993 24 December 1994 1 year, 209 days Republic of Korea Air Force emblem.png
Air Force
6th Republic
19
Kim Dong-jin
Dong-jin, KimGeneral Kim Dong-jin
(born 1938)
24 December 1994 18 October 1996 1 year, 299 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
20
Yoon Yeoug-nam
Yeoug-nam, YoonGeneral Yoon Yeoug-nam
(born 1940)
18 October 1996 26 March 1998 1 year, 159 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
21
Kim Jin-ho
Jin-ho, KimGeneral Kim Jin-ho 26 March 1998 26 October 1999 1 year, 214 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
22
Cho Yung-kil
Yung-kil, ChoGeneral Cho Yung-kil
(born 1940)
26 October 1999 8 October 2001 1 year, 347 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
23
Lee Nam-shin
Nam-shin, LeeGeneral Lee Nam-shin 8 October 2001 7 April 2003 1 year, 181 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
24
Kim Jong-hwan
Jong-hwan, KimGeneral Kim Jong-hwan 7 April 2003 7 April 2005 2 years, 0 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
25
Lee Sang-hee
Sang-hee, LeeGeneral Lee Sang-hee
(born 1945)
7 April 2005 17 November 2006 1 year, 224 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
26
Kim Kwan-jin
Kwan-jin, KimGeneral Kim Kwan-jin
(born 1949)
17 November 2006 25 March 2008 1 year, 129 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
27
Kim Tae-young
Tae-Young, KimGeneral Kim Tae-young
(born 1949)
28 March 2008 23 September 2009 1 year, 182 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
28
Lee Sang-eui
Sang-eui, LeeGeneral Lee Sang-eui
(born 1951)
30 September 2009 30 June 2010 273 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
29
Lee Sang-eui
Sang-eui, LeeGeneral Lee Sang-eui
(born 1951)
30 June 2010 26 October 2011 1 year, 118 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
30
Jeong Seung-jo
Seung-jo, JeongGeneral Jeong Seung-jo
(born 1953)
26 October 2011 16 October 2013 1 year, 355 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
31
Choi Yoon-hee
Yoon-hee, ChoiAdmiral Choi Yoon-hee
(born 1953)
16 October 2013 7 October 2015 1 year, 356 days Naval Jack of South Korea.svg
Navy
6th Republic
32
Lee Sun-jin
Sun-jin, LeeGeneral Lee Sun-jin
(born 1954)
7 October 2015 20 August 2017 1 year, 317 days Seal of the Republic of Korea Army.svg
Army
6th Republic
33
Jeong Kyeong-doo
Kyeong-doo, JeongGeneral Jeong Kyeong-doo
(born 1960)
20 August 2017 Incumbent 152 days Republic of Korea Air Force emblem.png
Air Force
6th Republic

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