Chief of Staff - Job Description

#1
Does anyone have a formal description of what a CoS does? I think we all have a 'gut' feeling, but trying to find an answer with some provenance!
 

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#3
JDP 5 has some thoughts on it.
 

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#5
Or do you mean Chief Staff Officer? Otherwise the Chief of Naval Staff is 1SL, you could ring him up and ask him.
 

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#6
Chief Staff Officer and Chief of Staff are similar roles and JDP 003 and 005 give the more detailed answer (why does no one but me read our own doctrine? - JDP 4 Understanding anyone????).
 
#7
(why does no one but me read our own doctrine? - JDP 4 Understanding anyone????).
The British write some of the best doctrine in the world; it is fortunate
that their officers do not read it.
Attributed to Colonel (later Field Marshal) Erwin Rommel
 
#8
Co-ordination/corraling/cajoling of the HQ's staff officers to run current operations and meet the commander's planning requirements.
 

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#9
I think the phrase is a good chef of staff should be able to herd cats
 
#10
There's no Job Description of a CoS in JDP 3-00 or 5-00; there is a description of what they do in the Estimate process, but not in the rest of the cat herding time. It doesn't matter, I've found one now!
 

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#11
JDP 3-00 Section II Para 19 has a small bit on this.
 
#12
Yarp, part of that was used, was looking for the 'peacetime' bits. Found now.
 

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#13
Could you send me a copy?
 
#14
#17
Sorry, now in a different job, and didn't think to save it to my personal work space on DII. Try speaking to a Brigade Major for his ToRs, that's what I based it on!
 
#18
Sorry, now in a different job, and didn't think to save it to my personal work space on DII. Try speaking to a Brigade Major for his ToRs, that's what I based it on!
Or persuade any current COS to send you the front page of his OJAR (suitably embellished to reflect his chosen man status....)
 
#19
How’s about this for a starter, obviously there will be nuances for each different job and people can feel free to add as they see fit:
· Principal staff officer in the HQ
· Responsible for implementing the decisions of the commander
· Directs, coordinates, prioritises and supervises all activities of the HQ staff and ensures that the best and most timely staff work is produced
· Formulates and announces policies for the general operations of the staff, provides priorities, general guidance and advice to subordinates
· Ensures that all published instructions are in accordance with in place policies
· Directs such investigations as may be required within his field of responsibility
Additional responsibilities
· Legal authority held to sign of behalf of the commander
· Budget authority held, what level and authority to sign off – limits etc
· Authority to sign on behalf of the commander for LOAs, MOU, Purchasing contracts and employment contracts
· Message release authority for matters affecting the HQ

Not an exhaustive list by any means but something to build on taking in consideration advice on previous posts.
 

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