DoD Precedence

DoD Precedence

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The following is the current list provided by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Protocol Office in regards to Department of Defense Order of Precedence. Any questions can be referred to OSD Protocol Office at (703) -697-7064.
CODE 1
President of the United States
Heads of State/Reigning Royalty
CODE 2
Vice President of the United States
Secretary of Defense
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Secretary of the Army
Secretary of the Navy
Secretary of the Air ForcE
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (Precedes Service Secretaries only on Acquisition Matters)
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chiefs of Services
Commanders-in-Chief of Unified & Specified Commands of the four-star grade
Retired Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Retired Chiefs of Services
Retired Commanders-in-Chief of Unified & Specified Commands of the four-star grade
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
CODE 3
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Director of Defense Research and Engineering
Assistant Secretaries of Defense, DOD General Counsel, DOD Inspector General, and Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
Judges on Court of Military Appeals
Under Secretary of the Army
Under Secretary of the Navy
Under Secretary of the Air Force
Vice Chiefs of Services
Assistant Secretaries and General Counsels of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
Generals and Admirals (4-star)
Retired Generals and Admirals (4-star)
The Special Assistants to the Secretary of Defense
The Special Assistants to the Deputy Secretary of Defense
Assistants to the Secretary of Defense
Director, Administration and Management
Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation
CODE 4
Directors of Defense Agencies
Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense (non-statutory), Deputy Directors of Defense Research and Engineering, Principals Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense, DOD Principal Deputy General Counsel, DOD Deputy Inspector General, DOD Principal Deputy Comptroller, Director of Net Assessment, Director of Defense Procurement, and Director Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Administrative Assistants of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals (3-star)
Retired Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals (3-star)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries and Principal Deputy General Counsels of the Army, Navy and Air Force
Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense, DOD Deputy General Counsels, Defense Advisor US Mission NATO, Secretary of Defense Representatives to International Negotiations, Deputy Comptrollers, and Assistant Inspectors General
Deputy Under Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
Members of Secretary of Defense Boards
CODE 5
Major Generals and Rear Admirals of the upper half (2-star)
Deputy Assistant Secretaries and Deputy General Counsels of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
OSD Historian
CODE 6
Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals of the lower half (1-star)
Assistant Deputy Under Secretaries and Principal Directors
NOTES
1. For SES positions not listed above, please contact the OSD Protocol Office or the individual Services as appropriate.

2. Within a group listed on a line under a Code, precedence is by date of appointment.



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