10 U.S. Code § 9033 - Chief of Staff
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Historical and Revision Notes
Source (U.S. Code)
Source (Statutes at Large)
10:1812 (1st sentence).
10:1812 (less 1st sentence).
10:1814(a) (1st 10 words).
10:1814(b) (2d sentence).
10:38 (last par.).
10:1814(a) (less 1st 10 words).
10:1814(b) (less 2d sentence).
In subsection (a), the words “not for” are substituted for the words “no person shall serve as Chief of Staff for a term of”.
In subsection (b), the words “so serving” are substituted for the words “holding office as such”. The words “regular or reserve” are substituted for the word “permanent”, since there are no other “permanent” grades in the Air Force. The words “in the Air Force” are omitted as surplusage. The words “and shall take rank as prescribed by law” are omitted as superseded by section 743 of this title. The words “He shall receive the compensation prescribed by law” are omitted as covered by the Career Compensation Act of 1949, 63 Stat. 802 (37 U.S.C. 231 et seq.).
In subsection (c), the provisions of 10:1814 relating to the direction of the Secretary of the Air Force over the Chief of Staff are combined. The words “and subsection (c) of this section” and “state of” are omitted as surplusage.
In subsection (d), 10:38 (last par.) is omitted as covered by 10:1814(a). The words “and other provisions of law” are substituted for the words “and by other laws”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 115–232, § 809(a), substituted “section 9013(f)” for “section 8013(f)”.
Subsec. (d)(5). Pub. L. 115–232, § 809(a), substituted “section 9040” for “section 8040”.
Pub. L. 114–92, § 802(d)(4)(D), substituted “sections 171 and 2547” for “section 171”.
1986—Pub. L. 99–433 renumbered section 8034 of this title as this section, substituted “Chief of Staff” for “Chief of Staff: appointment; duties” in section catchline, and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows:
“(a) The Chief of Staff shall be appointed for a period of four years by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from the general officers of the Air Force. He serves during the pleasure of the President. In time of war or national emergency declared by the Congress after December 31, 1968, he may be reappointed for a term of not more than four years.
“(b) The Chief of Staff, while so serving, has the grade of general without vacating his regular or reserve grade.
“(c) Except as otherwise prescribed by law and subject to section 8012(c) and (d) of this title, the Chief of Staff performs his duties under the direction of the Secretary of the Air Force, and is directly responsible to the Secretary for the efficiency of the Air Force, its preparedness for military operations, and plans therefor.
“(d) The Chief of Staff shall—
“(1) preside over the Air Staff;
“(2) send the plans and recommendations of the Air Staff to the Secretary, and advise him with regard thereto;
“(3) after approval of the plans or recommendations of the Air Staff by the Secretary, act as the agent of the Secretary in carrying them into effect;
“(4) exercise supervision over such of the members and organizations of the Air Force as the Secretary of the Air Force determines. Such supervision shall be exercised in a manner consistent with the full operational command vested in unified or specified combatant commanders under section 124 of this title.
“(6) perform such other military duties, not otherwise assigned by law, as are assigned to him by the President.”
1981—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 97–22 struck out the comma after “his regular or reserve grade”.
1980—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–513 struck out “and is counted as one of the officers authorized to serve in a grade above lieutenant general under section 8066 of this title” after “without vacating his regular or reserve grade”.
1967—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 90–22 changed the requirement that the Chief of Staff be reappointed only with the advice and consent of the Senate by providing for his reappointment for a term of not more than four years by the President without such advice and consent in a time of war or national emergency as declared by the Congress.
1958—Subsec. (d)(4) to (7). Pub. L. 85–599 redesignated pars. (5) to (7) as (4) to (6), respectively, and in par. (4), as redesignated, required the Chief of Staff to exercise supervision only as the Secretary of the Air Force determines and in a manner consistent with the full operational command vested in unified or specified combatant commanders. Former par. (4), which related to command over the air defense, strategic, tactical, and other major commands, was struck out.
Amendment by Pub. L. 117–81 applicable as if included in the enactment of title XVIII of Pub. L. 116–283 as enacted, see section 1701(a)(2) of Pub. L. 117–81, set out in a note preceding section 3001 of this title and note below.
Amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.
Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.
For provisions giving President temporary authority to waive requirements in subsec. (a)(2) of this section, see section 532(c) of Pub. L. 99–433, title V, Oct. 1, 1986, 100 Stat. 1063, which was formerly set out as a note under section 3033 of this title.