The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
) is the second highest ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps
, and serves as a deputy for the Commandant of the Marine Corps
(CMC). Before 1946, the title was known as Assistant to the Commandant
The Assistant Commandant is appointed by the President of the United States
and must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate
. In the event that the Commandant is absent or is unable to perform his duties, the Assistant Commandant assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Commandant. For this reason, the Assistant Commandant is appointed to a rank equal to the sitting Commandant; since 1971, each Assistant Commandant has been, by statute, a four-star general
, making it the most common rank held among Marines serving this position. Additionally, he may perform other duties that the CMC assigns to him.
The 32nd and current Assistant Commandant is Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
, who took office on 23 October, 2010, when James F. Amos
vacated the office to become the sitting Commandant. The first Marine to hold the billet as "Assistant to the Commandant" was Eli K. Cole
(Allen H. Turnage
being the last), while Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.
was the first to hold it as the... Read More