Boris Johnson has asked Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, to continue in his role until the end of November.
The Prime Minister and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace have confirmed that Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicolas Patrick Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen will be extending his post until the end of November 2021.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter said:
The Prime Minister has asked General Carter to remain in post to ensure continuity and stability while the conclusions of the Integrated Review are implemented following the £24.1-billion settlement for defence announced last year. The Integrated Review will be published on 16 of March and the Defence Command Paper will be published on 22 of March. The selection of General Carter’s successor as Chief of the Defence Staff will begin in the autumn.
The Chief of the Defence Staff is the professional head of the armed forces and the principal military adviser to the Defence Secretary and the Prime Minister. The average tenure of a Chief of the Defence Staff has been three years, although several have served less, and a small number have served for four years. The longest any Chief of the Defence Staff has served is six years, when Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten held the role from 1959 to 1965.
General Sir Nick Carter has been in post since June 2018, when he took over from Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL. Prior to his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter was Chief of the General staff, Head of the British Army, for four years. Joining the Army in 1977, he commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into The Royal Green Jackets and has served in Germany, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.