|Ministry of Defence|
|British Armed Forces|
British Expeditionary Force
The Defence Staff was the first professional military command of the British Armed Forces being formed during Version 1 (V1). It ultimately became responsible for control and direction of several military branches including the Royal Navy and the Special Forces Support Group.
The Defence Staff was replaced by the General Staff in April 2010, following Version 2 (V2) reforms, but was subsequently revived in the January 2011 military reforms. It is currently just known as the Ministry of Defence.
Past Chiefs of the Defence Staff (CDS)
|From||To||Chiefs of the Defence Staff|
|Field Marshal R.R. Napier|
|April 21st 2010||Field Marshal Tom Morgan|
|Became the Chief of the General Staff|
|January 27th 2011||Field Marshal Artela|
|Marshal of the RAF Tlawson2310|
|April 5th 2011||May 5th 2011||Marshal of the RAF Artela|
|May 5th 2011||June 5th 2011||Admiral of the Fleet Rawdon|
|June 5th 2011||July 5th 2011||Admiral of the Fleet Ecksohh|
|July 5th 2011||July||Marshal of the RAF Artela|
|July 16th 2011||August 2011||Admiral of the Fleet Rawdon|
|August 2011||September 2011||Field Marshal metalmicky999|
|September 5th 2011||September 2011||Admiral of the Fleet kdoggroundtwo|
|September 2011||October 1st 2011||Field Marshals Frerk & Dishmcds|
|October 1st 2011||October 5th 2011||Field Marshals Dishmcds & Sir Mic|
|October 6th 2011||November 5th 2011||Field Marshals Kravenn (UKSF) & Sir Mic (British Army)|
|November 6th 2011||January 5th 2011||Field Marshals Kravenn (UKSF) & mittekemius (British Army)|
|January 6th 2011||April 5th 2012||Field Marshal Greatmoff (BEF)|
|April 6th 2012||August 5th 2012||Field Marshal Count Drakula (BEF)|
|August 6th 2012||September 5th 2012||Field Marshal Lionbeard (BEF)|
From the re-establishment of the post until the October 2011 reforms streamlined the tri-service, the Chief of the Defence Staff had been appointed to the highest rank in the respective, or associated special Forces, branch of the British armed forces to which they belonged, holding the OF-10 rank of Admiral of the Fleet (RN), Field Marshal (ARMY) or Marshal of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Since that time all CDS appointments have been awarded the rank of Field Marshal. The post has been left vacant since September 2012, and was pending reformation during the June/July 2013 reforms.