General Counsel of the Army
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General Counsel of the Army
General Counsel of the Department of the Army
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James E. McPherson

since January 2, 2018
Department of the Army
Office of the Secretary
StyleThe Honorable
Reports toSecretary of the Army
Under Secretary of the Army
SeatThe Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument10 U.S.C. § 3019
First holderKarl Bendetsen
DeputyDeputy General Counsel
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level IV[1]

The General Counsel of the Army (also known as the Army General Counsel, abbreviated AGC) is the chief legal officer of the U.S. Department of the Army and senior legal advisor to the Secretary of the Army.

U.S. law provides that the General Counsel shall be appointed from the civilian life by the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate, and that the Secretary of the Army prescribes the duties of the office.[2]

The Office of the General Counsel of the Army also provides legal advice to the Under Secretary of the Army and the five Assistant Secretaries of the Army, as well as other members of the Army Secretariat. The General Counsel of the Army also plays a role in supervising the Office of the Judge Advocate General and the Office of the Chief Counsel of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Partial list of General Counsels of the Army

See also


  1. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5315
  2. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 3019
  3. ^ Profile from Truman Library
  4. ^ a b c d e James E. Hewes, Jr., From Root to McNamara: Army Organization and Administration (1975), pp. 381-382
  5. ^ Jessica Marcy, "Checking in with Joseph A. Califano, Jr.", Kaiser Health News, June 16, 2009
  6. ^ History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1998), p. 134
  7. ^ Jordan's Resume
  8. ^ Obituary
  9. ^ From Dept. of the Army History Site
  10. ^ Profile from the Chicago Network
  11. ^ See Martin Binkin & Mark J. Eitelberg, Blacks and the Military (1982), p. 90, n. 11
  12. ^ Nomination of Spurlock to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army
  13. ^ George H.W. Bush nominates Crawford to be Inspector General of the Department of Defense, Nov. 9, 1989 Archived 2008-08-10 at WebCite
  14. ^ Bio from Dept. of Defense
  15. ^ Tamara Loomis, "Did Affirmative Action Really Hinder Clarence Thomas?",, 06/02/2008
  16. ^ He had served three and a half years as of March 28, 1998, according to "Army's Top Lawyer Cleared of Charges", Los Angeles Times, March 28, 1998
  17. ^ "Blanchard Bio from Air Force website". Archived from the original on 2011-06-28.
  18. ^ Michelle Bates Deakin, "The U.S. Armed Forces: Diversity Starts at the Top", Diversity and the Bar, Jan./Feb. 2003

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