United States Secretary of the Army

The secretary of the Army (SA or SECARMY) is a senior civilian official within the United States Department of Defense, with statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications and financial management.

United States Secretary of the Army
Flag of the Secretary of the Army[1]
Incumbent
Christine Wormuth

since May 28, 2021
United States Department of the Army
StyleMadam Secretary
Reports toSecretary of Defense
AppointerPresident of the United States
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
PrecursorSecretary of War
FormationSeptember 18, 1947
First holderKenneth Claiborne Royall
Succession2nd in SecDef succession
DeputyUnder Secretary of the Army
Chief of Staff of the Army
SalaryExecutive Schedule, Level II
WebsiteOfficial website

The secretary of the Army is nominated by the president of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. The secretary is a non-Cabinet-level official, subordinate to the secretary of Defense.[2] This position was created on September 18, 1947, replacing the secretary of war, when the Department of War was split into the Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force.[3]

On May 28, 2021 Christine Wormuth was sworn in as the 25th (and current) secretary of the Army, the first woman to serve in the role.[4]


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