Chief of the Defence Staff (Roscamistan)

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Chief of the Defence Staff of the Roscamistan Defence Forces
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Flag of the Defence Forces
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Incumbent
Matthew Williams

since 17 March 2022
Defence Staff
StyleThe Venerable Chief of the Defence Staff (Formal and diplomatic occasions)
Mr Chief of Staff (informal)
AppointerPresident of Roscamistan on nomination of the Defence Secretary
Term length1 year (office automatically vacates if Chief of Staff becomes President, who is also Commander in Chief)
Inaugural holderJames Irwin
DeputyVice-Chief of the Defence Staff

The Chief of the Defence Staff, officially named the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Roscamistan Defence Forces is the chief of defence of the Roscamistan Defence Forces and highest officer in the Roscamistan Defence Forces behind the Commander in Chief, who is the President of Roscamistan.

The Chief of the Defence Staff is the chairman of the Defence Staff (formerly the Central Defence Committee) in peacetime. The Commander in Chief assumes the role of chairman of the Defence Staff in wartime. The Chief of the Defence Staff is also the highest military officer in the Ministry of Defence, being nominated by the Defence Secretary before being confirmed by the President of Roscamistan

Powers and Responsibilities of the Chief of the Defence Staff

The chief of the defence staff has powers over the Defence Staff in his capacity as its Chairman. He is the highest commanding officer behind the President. The Chief of the Defence Staff also has power to dismiss any court-martial case in the Defence Forces. The Chief of the Defence Staff must at least be an commissioned officer in the Defence Forces (paramilitary groups do not count, as of December 2021). A chief of the defence staff can be from either of the three main service branches. So an admiral can be a chief of the defence staff, and so can an Air Marshal.

The Chief of the Defence Staff is also responsible to the Ministry of Defence and serves also as the advisor to the Secretary of State for Defence, though when Adam Flannery, the 4th Defence Secretary became Chief of the Defence Staff on 31 December 2021 after the sacking of Matthew Williams, the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff became his advisor. On 17 March 2022, Adam Flannery was sacked from the chief of the defence staff and replaced by Matthew Williams, bringing the way things should have been when it came to advice.

Styles and rules of succession

The Chief of the Defence Staff is referred to as The Venerable Chief of the Defence Staff in documents and formal occasions, though not used in other circumstances.

If the incumbent chief of the defence staff is elected President, the office will immediately vacate upon being confirmed as President, as the Commander-in-Chief cannot be the chief of the defence staff at the same time, and vice versa. The Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff will become acting Chief of the Defence Staff until a successor is found.

List of Chief of the Defence Staffs

No. Picture Name Political Party Term begin Term end
1 Portrait of James Irwin.png James Irwin
(Unknown 2008 – present)
Independent 1 May 2021 18 May 2021
2 Matthew Williams 2022 Portrait clear background.png Matthew Williams
(1 August 2008 – present)
Freedom Party 10 October 2021 30 December 2021
3 Adam Flannery .jpg Adam Flannery
(15 August 2008 – present)
United Party of Roscamistan 30 December 2021 17 March 2022
4 Matthew Williams 2022 Portrait clear background.png Matthew Williams
(1 August 2008 – present)
UPR 17 March 2022 present