Senior Army Staff

Our Leaders

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Chief of the General Staff

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith was commissioned into 1st Battalion Irish Guards from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1986 and served at regimental duty in London, Germany, Canada and South Armagh, prior to service in The Gulf and The Balkans.

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith took up the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in June 2018.


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Army Sergeant Major

WO1 Paton was born in March 1979 in Cornwall and joined the British Army in late 1997 as a Light Infantryman. He has operated in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In November 2018 Paton was appointed the second Sergeant Major of the Army.