Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen established the positions of Assistants to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard matters and Reserve matters on Dec. 24, 1997.
The two Major General/Rear Admiral positions were required by the FY 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton has requested nominations for the positions through the Service Secretaries.
The Chairman will select the assistants for a term of two years, which may be extended for an additional term.
Nominations for the Reserve position will be made by the service secretaries.
Nominations for the National Guard position will be made by the states governors through the Chief, National Guard Bureau and forwarded by the secretaries of the Army and Air Force.
It is projected that both positions will be filled by Spring 1998.
These full-time assistants will advise the Chairman on National Guard and Reserve matters, will act as the Chairman's personal liaison with their respective National Guard and Reserve service branches and associations, and will participate when National Guard amd Reserve issues are brought before Defense forums such as the Joint Review Board.
The new positions support Secretary Cohen's recent guidance for the effective integration of the reserve and active components into a "seamless Total Force" and ensures Reserve and National Guard participation in appropriate Joint Staff planning and resourcing forums.