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Joint Chiefs of Staff (Republic of Korea)
Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff insignia
Insignia of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Country South Korea
Service history
Active June 1963 - present
Commanders Choi Yoon-Hee, AdmiralKwon Oh-Sung, GeneralHwang Ki-Chul, Admiral
Current commander Army Chief of StaffArmy Chief of Staff}
Command Sergeant Major Navy Chief of StaffNavy Chief of Staff

Joint Chiefs of Staff of Republic of Korea (Hangul: 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 his/her 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 Defense to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and then to Operational Commands of the service branches, bypassing the Headquarters of each service branch. Currently there are 5 Operational Commands in the Army, two in the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and 1 in the Air Force.

It was created in May 1954, though there had been Supreme Command of the Armed Force 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 StaffEdit

(Since October 2013)

Name Position Branch
Admiral Choi Yoon-Hee Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & Chief Director of the Joint Defense Headquarters Republic of Korea Navy
General Kwon Oh-Sung Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Army Republic of Korea Army
Admiral Hwang Ki-Chul Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy Republic of Korea Navy
General Sung Il-Hwan 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 ForcesEdit

Chairman of the Combined Chiefs of StaffEdit

Name Branch Term
General Lee Hung-Geun Army Feb 1954 - June 1956
General Jeong Il-Gwon Army Jun 1956 - May 1957
Lieutenant General Yu Jae-Hyung Army May 1957 - Feb 1959
General Baek Seon-Yeop Army Feb 1959 - May 1960
Lieutenant General Choi Young-Hee Army Aug 1960 - Oct 1960

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffEdit

Name Branch Term
General Paik Sun-Yup Army 1959 - May 1960
General Kim Jong-Oh Army Oct 1960 - Apr 1965
General Jang Chang-Guk Army Apr 1965 - Apr 1967
General Yim Chung-Sik Army Apr 1967 - Aug 1968
General Moon Hyeung-Tae Army Aug 1968 - Aug 1970
General Sim Heung-Sun Army Aug 1970 - Jun 1972
General Han Shin Army Jun 1972 - Feb 1975
General Roh Jae-Hyun Army Feb 1975 - Dec 1977
General Kim Jong-Hwan Army Dec 1977 - Dec 1979
General Yu Byung-hyun Army Dec 1979 - May 1981
General Yoon Seung-Min Army May 1981 - May 1982
General Kang Yoon-Hoo Army May 1982 - Jun 1983
General Lee Gee-Baek Army Jun 1983 - Jun 1985
General Jung Jin-Kwon Army June 1985 - Jul 1986
General Oh Ja-Bok Army Jul 1986 - Dec 1987
General Choi Sae-Chang Army Dec 1987 - Apr 1989
General Jung Ho-Geun Army Apr 1989 - Dec 1991
General Lee Phil-Sup Army Dec 1991 - May 1993
General Lee Yang-Ho Air Force May 1993 - Dec 1994
General Kim Dong-Jin Army Dec 1994 - Oct 1996
General Yoon Yeoug-Nam Army Oct 1996- Mar 1998
General Kim Jin-Ho Army Mar 1998 - Oct 1999
General Jo Young-Gil Army Oct 1999 - Oct 2001
General Lee Nam-Shin Army Oct 2001 - Apr 2003
General Kim Jong-Hwan Army Apr 2003 - Apr 2005
General Lee Sang-Hee Army Apr 2005 - Nov 2006
General Kim Kwan-Jin Army Nov 2006 - Mar 2008
General Kim Tae-Young Army Mar 2008 - Oct 2009
General Lee Sang-Eui Army Oct 2009 - Jun 2010
General Han Min-Goo Army Jun 2010 - Oct 2011
General Jeong Seung-Jo Army Oct 2011 - Oct 2013
Admiral Choi Yoon-Hee Navy Oct 2013 - Current

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