General Randy George, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

General Randy George,

Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Randy Alan George was born in November 1964 in Alden, Iowa. He enlisted as a soldier before he earned an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He later received a master’s in economics from the Colorado School of Mines, and another master’s in international security studies from the Naval War College.

General George served in the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan. He commanded infantry divisions and combat teams. He served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army prior to his appointment to Chief of Staff.

He was confirmed to his current position by the U.S. Senate in September of 2023 and sworn in the same day.

The general is married to Patty and they have two children.

In the News…

Chief of Staff General Randy George reported that the U.S. Army’s recruiting is stronger at this point in 2024 than it was in 2023. The service branch fell roughly 10,000 recruits short of its goal in fiscal year 2023, though the service reportedly gained 10,000 more than 2022. 

“Last year we improved by 10,000. Right now, we’re above that glide path,” General George said during a recent visit to Fort Cavazos. “We’ve had great interest in people for recruiting, and we’ve been very selective. We just want to make sure that we select the right people.”

The Army has restructured its organization and operations to adapt to having a current force of 445,000. The service has expressed optimism that its ranks will rise to 470,000 by 2029.


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