Gabe Camarillo, Under Secretary of the Army

Gabe Camarillo

Under Secretary of the Army

Gabriel Omar Camarillo was born in August 1976 in El Paso, Texas. He earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. He entered the private practice of law. 

Camarillo joined the United States Army as a civilian employee, serving as a special assistant, then as a principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology. He served as assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs, then returned to the private sector working as an advisor. 

Camarillo was nominated for United States Under Secretary of the Army in July 2021. He was confirmed by a voice vote in February 2022. 

In the News…

While the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Air Force have all met their recruiting goals, the Army is having difficulty filling its ranks. The service blamed the difficulty of recruiting on a highly competitive job market coupled with the inability to reach high school seniors isolated by COVID-19 restrictions. 

“Like every other employer in the economy, we’re facing obviously some challenging conditions in terms of our ability to recruit and attract talent,” Army Under Secretary Gabe Camarillo said at a Pentagon briefing. “We’re all in a war for talent every single year, and what we’re just seeing is given the particular conditions of a very tight labor market. 

At the same time it is having these difficulties, the service has discharged a number of soldiers for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine and is on track to release another 2,500 to 3,000 before the end of the year. 


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