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Defense Primer: Department of the Navy

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Congressional Research Service

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The Department of the Navy DON is a single military department that includes two military services--the Navy and the Marine Corps. As such, DON has a single civilian leader, the Secretary of the Navy, and two four-star military service chiefs--an admiral whose title is the Chief of Naval Operations CNO, and a general whose title is the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Although the title Secretary of the Navy includes only the term Navy, the secretary serves as the civilian leader for both the Navy and Marine Corps. The CNO and the Commandant of the Marine Corps are members of the Joint Chiefs of StaffJCS. The Secretary of the Navy is Carlos Del Toro, the CNO is Admiral Michael Gilday, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps is General David Berger.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]