Deputy Chief of Army

The Deputy Chief of Army (DCA) is the second most senior appointment in the Australian Army, responsible to the Chief of Army (CA). The rank associated with the position is major general (2-star).

The current appointee is Major General Anthony Rawlins who took up his posting in December 2018, succeeding Jake Ellwood who had served as the Deputy Chief of Army from May 2018.[1]

Deputy Chief of Army
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Anthony Rawlins

since 10 December 2018
Australian Army
StyleMajor General
Member ofAustralian Defence Force
Reports toChief of Army
First holderBrigadier General Thomas Blamey
WebsiteOfficial website


The following (incomplete) list chronologically records those who have held the post of Deputy Chief of Army or its preceding positions. Rank and honours are as at the completion of the individual's tour(s).

Rank Name Postnominals Term began Term ended Notes
Deputy Chief of the General Staff
Brigadier General Thomas Blamey CB, CMG, DSO 1920 1923
Major General John Northcott CB, MVO October 1939 1941
Major General Sydney Rowell CBE August 1941 April 1942
Major General George Alan Vasey CBE, DSO & Bar April 1942 September 1942
Major General Frank Berryman CBE, DSO September 1942 November 1943
Major General John Chapman DSO & Bar, OBE October 1944 March 1946
Major General Edward Milford CBE, DSO March 1946 May 1946
Major General Henry Wells CBE, DSO 1946 1947
Major General Ronald Hopkins CBE May 1950 February 1951
Major General Eric Woodward CBE, DSO February 1951 September 1951
Major General Ragnar Garrett CBE February 1953 December 1953
Major General Lindley Barham CBE December 1953 October 1954
Major General Hector Edgar CBE 30 October 1954 1958 [2][3]
Major General Ian Murdoch CBE 1958 1960 [3][4]
Major General Thomas Taylor CBE, LVO 12 December 1960 January 1964 [4][5]
Major General Frank Hassett CBE, DSO, LVO January 1964 January 1966
Major General Arthur MacDonald OBE 1966 1967
Major General Stuart Clarence Graham DSO, OBE, MC 1969 1972
Major General John Whitelaw AO, CBE 1977 1978
Major General John Williamson AO, OBE 1978 1979
Major General Peter Falkland AO 1980 1982
Major General Peter Gration OBE 1983 1983 [6]
Major General Lawrence O'Donnell 1984 1985 [6]
Major General Peter Day 1985 1986 [6]
Major General Gordon Fitzgerald AO 1987 1990
Major General Michael Jeffery AO, MC 1990 1991 [6]
Major General John Grey AO 1991 1992 [6]
Major General Arthur Fittock AO 1992 1992 [6]
Major General Geoffrey Carter AO November 1992 1995
Deputy Chief of Army
Major General John Hartley AO 1995 1998 [6]
Major General Peter Abigail AO 1998 May 2000 [6]
Major General Peter Leahy AO May 2000 June 2002 [6]
Major General Frank Roberts AO June 2002 May 2004
Major General Ian Gordon AO May 2004 November 2006 [6]
Major General John Cantwell AO January 2007 January 2008 [6]
Major General David Morrison AM January 2008 July 2009 [6]
Major General Paul Symon AO July 2009 November 2011 [6]
Major General Jeffrey Sengelman DSC, AM, CSC November 2011 2012 [6]
Major General Angus Campbell DSC, AM 2012 19 September 2013 [6]
Major General Gus Gilmore AO, DSC 19 September 2013 4 January 2015 [7]
Major General Rick Burr AO, DSC, MVO 4 January 2015 3 May 2018 [7]
Major General Jake Ellwood DSC 3 May 2018 10 December 2018 [1]
Major General Anthony Rawlins DSC 10 December 2018 Incumbent [1]


  1. ^ a b c "Deputy Chief of Army". Leaders. Australian Army. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ "General Officer Commanding – Eastern Command". Western Herald. 18 October 1963. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "New Southern Command Chief". Canberra Times. 24 January 1958. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "General Staff Deputy Chief Appointed". Canberra Times. 23 June 1960. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Reshuffle of Army Commands". Canberra Times. 2 August 1963. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Singh, Shivani (2014). Who's Who in Australia 2014. Melbourne, Australia: Crown Content. ISBN 1-74095-172-7.
  7. ^ a b "Deputy Chief of Army". Leaders. Australian Army. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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