What is a Senior Enlisted Advisor?

Introduction A Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) in the United States Armed Forces is the most senior enlisted service member in a unit, and acts as an advisor to the commanding officer/general (CO/CG). Formally, E-9 billets for the senior enlisted advisor are established at Service unit (e.g. battalion, wing, or higher), command, major command, force, or… Read More


What is a General Officer Commanding?

Introduction General officer commanding (GOC) is the usual title given in the armies of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth (and some other nations, such as Ireland) to a general officer who holds a command appointment. Thus, a general might be the GOC British II Corps (a three-star appointment) or GOC British 7th Armoured Division… Read More

What is a Commanding Officer?

Introduction The commanding officer (CO) or sometimes, if the incumbent is a general officer, commanding general (CG), is the officer in command of a military unit. The CO has ultimate authority over the unit, and is usually given wide latitude to run the unit as they see fit, within the bounds of military law. In… Read More

What is a Defence Minister?

Introduction A defence minister or minister of defence is a cabinet official position in charge of a ministry of defence, which regulates the armed forces in sovereign states. Background The role of a defence minister varies considerably from country to country; in some the minister is only in charge of general budget matters and procurement… Read More

What is a Commander-in-Chief?

Introduction A commander-in-chief or supreme commander is the person who exercises supreme command and control over armed forces or a military branch. As a technical term, it refers to military competencies that reside in a country’s executive leadership, a head of state or a head of government. Definition The formal role and title of a… Read More

What is A La Suite?

Introduction À la suite (French pronunciation: ​[a la sɥit], in the entourage [of]) was a military title given to those who were allotted to the army or a particular unit for honour’s sake, and entitled to wear a regimental uniform but otherwise had no official position. Background In Prussia, these were: À la suite of… Read More