Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
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Incumbent
John M. Paxton, Jr.

since December 15, 2012
Formation April 29, 1911
First holder Eli K. Cole

The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC) is the second highest-ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps, and serves as a deputy for the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC). Before 1946, the title was known as Assistant to the Commandant.

The Assistant Commandant is nominated for appointment by the President and must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate. In the event that the Commandant is absent or is unable to perform his duties, the Assistant Commandant assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Commandant. For this reason, the Assistant Commandant is appointed to a rank equal to the sitting Commandant; since 1971, each Assistant Commandant has been, by statute, a four-star general, making it the most common rank held among Marines serving this position. Additionally, he may perform other duties that the CMC assigns to him.[1] Historically, the Assistant Comandant has served for two to three years. In recent decades, the Assistant Commandant has frequently been a Marine aviator. James F. Amos is the first aviator to serve as Assistant Commandant and then be promoted to Commandant.

The 33rd and current Assistant Commandant is John M. Paxton, Jr.,[2] who took office on 15 December 2012, when Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. was nominated and confirmed to become the NATO Commander of Allied Forces in Afghanistan. The first Marine to hold the billet as "Assistant to the Commandant" was Eli K. Cole (Allen H. Turnage being the last), while Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. was the first to hold it as the "Assistant Commandant".

List of previous appointees

Assistants to the Commandant of the Marine Corps

Before the official title of "Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps" was adopted in 1946, the title of the position was known as the "Assistant to the Commandant" and before 1918, known only as "Duty in the Office of the Commandant". No records exist before the outbreak of World War I about this position, possibly because the Commandant likely had only administrative staff and no deputy.[3]

The first Assistant to the Commandant was Lieutenant Colonel (from 1914 Colonel) Eli K. Cole, who assumed the position on April 29, 1911. From April 29, 1911 to October 16, 1946, 19 men were assigned to assist the commandant, including five that went on to become Commandant themselves: John A. Lejeune, Wendell C. Neville, Ben H. Fuller, John H. Russell, Jr. and Alexander A. Vandegrift.[3]

# Photo Rank Name Tenure from Tenure to Became Commandant
1 This image is inserted to represent no image O-05Colonel Cole, Eli K.Eli K. Cole[4] April 29, 1911 January 1, 1915 No
2 75px O-07Brigadier General Lejeune, John A.John A. Lejeune[5] January 1, 1915 September 10, 1917 Yes
3 This image is inserted to represent no image O-07Brigadier General Long, Charles G.Charles G. Long[6] September 11, 1917 August 13, 1920 No
4 75px O-08Major General Neville, Wendell CushingWendell Cushing Neville[7] August 14, 1920 July 11, 1923 Yes
5 75px O-07Brigadier General Feland, LoganLogan Feland[8] July 13, 1923 July 31, 1925 No
6 75px O-07Brigadier General Williams, DionDion Williams[9] August 1, 1925 July 1, 1928 No
7 A black and white image of Ben Fuller, a white male in his Marine Corps dress uniform. He has white hair and is not wearing a hat. The background is cloudy and the outside edges of the picture are grayed out. O-07Brigadier General Fuller, Ben HebardBen Hebard Fuller[10] July 2, 1928 July 8, 1930 Yes
8 75px O-07Brigadier General Myers, John TwiggsJohn Twiggs Myers[11] August 1, 1930 February 1, 1933 No
9 75px O-07Brigadier General Russell, Jr., John H.John H. Russell, Jr.[12] February 1, 1933 February 28, 1934 Yes
10 This image is inserted to represent no image O-07Brigadier General McDougal, Douglas C.Douglas C. McDougal[13] April 8, 1934 April 22, 1935 No
11 This image is inserted to represent no image O-07Brigadier General Little, Louis M.Louis M. Little[14] April 22, 1935 May 6, 1937 No
12 75px O-06Brigadier General Smith, HollandHolland Smith[15] April 1, 1939 September 25, 1939 No
13 A black and white image of Alexander Vandegrift, a white male in his Marine Corps dress uniform O-07Brigadier General Vandegrift, AlexanderAlexander Vandegrift[16] March 1, 1940 November 18, 1941 Yes
14 75px O-07Brigadier General Barrett, Charles D.Charles D. Barrett[17] November 19, 1941 March 12, 1942 No
15 This image is inserted to represent no image O-07Brigadier General Keyser, Ralph S.Ralph S. Keyser[18] March 28, 1942 May 24, 1942 No
16 75px O-O8Major General Schmidt, HarryHarry Schmidt[19] May 25, 1942 August 1, 1943 No
17 O-08Major General Rockey, Keller E.Keller E. Rockey[20] August 2, 1943 January 17, 1944 No
18 This image is inserted to represent no image O-08Major General Peck, DewittDewitt Peck[21] January 20, 1944 July 30, 1945 No
19 A black and white image of Allen Turnage, a white male in his Marine Corps dress uniform O-08Major General Turnage, Allen H.Allen H. Turnage[22] September 1, 1945 October 16, 1946 No

Assistant Commandants of the Marine Corps

In 1946, Congress established the position of "Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps" and since then, 31 men have held the position. Major General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. was the first to hold the billet and went on to become Commandant, as well as five others: Randolph M. Pate, Leonard F. Chapman, Jr., Robert H. Barrow, Paul X. Kelley and James F. Amos.[3]

As with the Commandant, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps is appointed by the President based on advice and consent of the Senate and, once appointed, will be promoted to the grade of general. The duties of the Assistant Commandant include such authority and duties as the Commandant and, with the approval of the Secretary of the Navy, may delegate to or prescribe for him. Orders issued by the Assistant Commandant in performing such duties have the same effect as those issued by the Commandant. When there is a vacancy in the office of Commandant of the Marine Corps, or during the absence or disability of the Commandant, the Assistant Commandant shall perform the duties of the Commandant until a successor is appointed or the absence or disability ceases.[1]

# Photo Rank Name Tenure from Tenure to Became Commandant
1 75px O-08Major General Shepherd, Jr., Lemuel C.Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.[23] October 7, 1946 April 14, 1948 Yes
2 75px O-08Major General Smith, Oliver P.Oliver P. Smith[24] April 15, 1948 July 19, 1950 No
3 This image is inserted to represent no image O-09Lieutenant General Silverthorn, Merwin H.Merwin H. Silverthorn[25] July 19, 1950 February 1, 1952 No
4 75px O-09Lieutenant General Thomas, Gerald C.Gerald C. Thomas[26] March 8, 1952 July 1, 1954 No
5 75px O-09Lieutenant General Pate, Randolph M.Randolph M. Pate[27] July 1, 1954 December 31, 1955 Yes
6 75px O-09Lieutenant General Megee, Vernon E.Vernon E. Megee[28] January 1, 1956 November 30, 1957 No
7 This image is inserted to represent no image O-09Lieutenant General McCaul, Verne J.Verne J. McCaul[29] December 1, 1957 December 31, 1959 No
8 75px O-09Lieutenant General Munn, John C.John C. Munn[30] January 1, 1960 March 31, 1963 No
9 This image is inserted to represent no image O-09Lieutenant General Hayes, Charles H.Charles H. Hayes[31] April 1, 1963 June 30, 1965 No
10 75px O-09Lieutenant General Mangrum, Richard C.Richard C. Mangrum[32] July 1, 1965 June 30, 1967 No
11 75px O-09Lieutenant General Chapman, Jr., Leonard F.Leonard F. Chapman, Jr.[33] July 1, 1967 December 31, 1967 Yes
12 75px O-10General Walt, Lewis WilliamLewis William Walt[34] January 1, 1968 January 29, 1971 No
13 75px O-10General McCutcheon, Keith B.Keith B. McCutcheon[35] January 30, 1971 March 11, 1971
(never assumed post due to illness)
No
14 75px O-10General Davis, Raymond G.Raymond G. Davis[36] March 12, 1971 March 30, 1972 No
15 A color image of Earl Anderson, a white male in his Marine Corps dress uniform O-10General Anderson, Earl E.Earl E. Anderson[37] March 31, 1972 June 30, 1975 No
16 75px O-10General Jaskilka, SamuelSamuel Jaskilka[38] July 1, 1975 June 30, 1978 No
17 75px O-10General Barrow, Robert H.Robert H. Barrow[39] July 1, 1978 July 30, 1979 Yes
18 75px O-10General McLennan, KennethKenneth McLennan[40] July 1, 1979 July 30, 1981 No
19 75px O-10General Kelley, Paul X.Paul X. Kelley[41] July 1, 1981 June 30, 1983 Yes
20 75px O-10General Davis, John K.John K. Davis[42] July 1, 1983 May 31, 1986 No
21 75px O-10General Morgan, Thomas R.Thomas R. Morgan[43] June 1, 1986 June 30, 1988 No
22 75px O-10General Went, Joseph J.Joseph J. Went[44] July 1, 1988 July 31, 1990 No
23 A color image of John Dailey, a white male in his Marine Corps dress uniform O-10General Dailey, John R.John R. Dailey[45] August 1, 1990 August 31, 1992 No
24 75px O-10General Boomer, Walter E.Walter E. Boomer[46] September 1, 1992 July 14, 1994 No
25 75px O-10General Hearney, Richard D.Richard D. Hearney[47] July 15, 1994 September 26, 1996 No
26 75px O-10General Neal, Richard I.Richard I. Neal[48] September 27, 1996 September 4, 1998 No
27 75px O-10General Dake, Terrence R.Terrence R. Dake[49] September 5, 1998 September 7, 2000 No
28 75px O-10General Williams, Michael J.Michael J. Williams[50] September 8, 2000 September 9, 2002 No
29 75px O-10General Nyland, William L.William L. Nyland[51] September 10, 2002 September 7, 2005 No
30 75px O-10General Magnus, RobertRobert Magnus[52] September 8, 2005 July 2, 2008 No
31 75px O-10General Amos, James F.James F. Amos[53] July 3, 2008 October 22, 2010 Yes
32 75px O-10General Dunford, Jr., Joseph F.Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.[54] October 23, 2010 December 15, 2012 Yes
33 A color image of John Paxton, a white male in his Marine Corps Service A uniform. He is not wearing a hat, ribbons are visible as well as a basic parachutist badge. The Marine Corps flag and United States flag are visible in the background. O-10General Paxton, Jr., John M.John M. Paxton, Jr.[55] December 15, 2012 incumbent

Timeline

See also

References

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