Executive Order 10332

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Signed by President  Harry S. Truman  Friday, March 7, 1952 Federal Register  page & date: 17 FR 2083, Tuesday, March 11, 1952
See the Notes section for a list of Executive Orders affected by or related to the issuance of this Executive Order.

By virtue of the authority vested in me by section 179 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (5 U.S.C. 6) and as President of the United States, and in order to insure the continuity of operations of the Department of Defense in the event of disaster, the order of succession to the positions of Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Navy, and Secretary of the Air Force, in the event of the death, disability, or absence of the officers holding such positions, is hereby prescribed as follows:


Part I. Succession to the Position of Secretary of Defense.[edit]

In the event of the death, disability, or absence of the Secretary of Defense, the following-designated officers, in the department of Defense, shall succeed to the position of, and act as, Secretary of Defense in the order indicated:
  1. Deputy Secretary of Defense.
  2. Secretary of the Army.
  3. Secretary of the Navy.
  4. Secretary of the Air Force.
  5. Assistant Secretaries of Defense, in the order fixed by their length of service as such.
  6. Under Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in the order fixed by their length of service as such.
  7. Chairmen of the Munitions Board and the Research and Development Board, in the order fixed by their length of service as such.
  8. Assistant Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in the order fixed by their length of service as such.
Precedence within a particular group between or among two or more officers having the same date of appointment shall be as determined by the Secretary of Defense at the time of appointment.

Part II. Succession to the Position of Secretary of the Army.[edit]

In the event of the death, disability, or absence of the Secretary of the Army, the following-designated officers shall succeed to the position of, and act as, Secretary of the Army in the order indicated:
  1. Under Secretary of the Army.
  2. Assistant Secretaries of the Army, in the order fixed by their length of service as such.
  3. Chief of Staff, United States Army.
  4. Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army.
  5. Chief of the United States Army Field Forces.

Part III. Succession to the Position of Secretary of the Navy.[edit]

In the event of the death, disability, or absence of the Secretary of the Navy, the following-designated officers shall succeed to the position of, and act as, Secretary of the Navy in the order indicated:
  1. Under Secretary of the Navy.
  2. Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
  3. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air.
  4. Chief of Naval Operations.
  5. Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

Part IV. Succession to the Position of Secretary of the Air Force.[edit]

In the event of the death, disability, or absence of the Secretary of the Air Force, the following-designated officials shall succeed to the position of, and act as, Secretary of the Air Force in the order indicated:
  1. Under Secretary of the Air Force.
  2. Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force, in the order fixed by their length of service as such.
  3. Chief of Staff, United States Air Force.
  4. Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force.
  5. The Senior Deputy Chief of Staff who is not absent or disabled.
  6. Commanding General, Tactical Air Command.

Part V.[edit]

Succession to office pursuant to this order shall be on a temporary or interim basis and shall not have the effect of vacating the statutory position held by the successor.


Signature of Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman 
The White House,
March 7, 1952.

Notes[edit]

Revoked by:
See Related:


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