Talk:United States Secretary of the Army

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"Served under" categorization[edit]

Since the Secertary of the Army falls under the Secretary of Defense, the former directly serves the latter. Thus should we list the Secretary of Defense at the time under "Served under" rather than the President? The military revovles around reporting to your direct superior, even though the President is more widely known and of course the Commander in Chief. Minutiaman 22:44, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

I would suggest the way it currently is makes sense. From what I can tell, the change of the President often results in the change of Secretary of the Army, especially when there is a change in the political party the President comes from. A change in the Secretary of Defence is less likely to result in a change in the Secretary of the Army and I presume it's more dependent on what the President wants Nil Einne 12:17, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Actually, the arrangemenmt is worse than you describe. Here is the text from DoD Directove 5100.1

"The Military Departments (DoD Directive 5100.1) are the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (the Marine Corps is a part of the Department of the Navy). Each Military Department is separately organized under its own Secretary and functions under the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense. The Military Departments are responsible for organizing, training, and equipping forces for assignment to Unified Combatant Commands."

According to the Military Departments Manning Chart, the Departmental Secretaries report directly to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and - through him - to the Secretary of Defense.

SSG Cornelius Seon (Retired) (talk) 17:43, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Wrong Picture For Sec. Augustine[edit]

In the chart with the thumbnail pictures in the left column, the picture for Sec. Royall is incorrectly used for Sec. Augustine Tashiro (talk) 15:06, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Sullivan as acting Secretary?[edit]

Regarding General Sullivan as "acting" Secretary of the Army -- by law a civilian must be appointed to the position. Seems that even an acting Secretary would require civilian status. In this situation, we had Mr. Shannon, the Undersecretary, in the acting position. He gets caught stealing lady's clothing and goes on leave. Wouldn't the Assistant Secretaries of the Army or the Deputy Undersecretaries of the Army get the nod to serve as an Acting Secretary of the Army and Acting Undersecretary of the Army? (With Sullivan, as Chief of Staff, filling the Secretary position, the notion of civilian control of the military gets undermined.)--S. Rich 04:54, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Sullivan was acting Secretary[edit]

Sullivan did serve as acting Secretary following the arrest of his predecessor for shoplifting. New York Times, Acting Army Secretary, Accused Of Shoplifing, Is Placed on Leave, by Eric Schmitt, August 28, 1993. User talk:Billmckern

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