Command and Staff
usually functions under the G3, but coordinates with the G1, G2, G4,
G5, and G7.
Personal staff members work under the commander's immediate
control. They may also serve as special staff officers when they
coordinate with other staff members. When performing their duties as
special staff officers, personal staff officers may work through the
COS/XO and under a coordinating staff officer for coordination and
control purposes. Members of the personal staff include--
Personal assistants, such as aides-de-camp.
Personnel the commander supervises directly.
Personnel who, by law or regulation, have a special relationship
to the commander.
Personal staff officers work under the immediate control of, and have
direct access to, the commander. The commander establishes
guidelines or gives guidance on when a personal staff officer informs
Some personal staff officers have responsibilities as special staff
officers and work with a coordinating staff officer. They do this case-
by-case, depending on the commander's guidance or the nature of the
task. Personal staff officers may also work under the supervision of
the COS XO.
By law or regulation, personal staff officers have a unique
relationship with the commander. Typical personal staff officers on a
commander's staff are the--
Command sergeant major (CSM).
10 May 2005