Chief of the Joint General Staff of the Armed Forces
Portuguese: Chefe do Estado Maior Conjunto das Forças Armadas
Raul Botelho

since 19 January 2019
Ministry of Defense
AbbreviationChief of the EMCFA
Member ofJoint General Staff of the Armed Forces
Reports toMinister of Defense
SeatNational Defense Council
NominatorMinister of Defense
AppointerPresident of Brazil
Formation25 August 2010
First holderJosé Carlos De Nardi
WebsiteOfficial website

The Chief of the Joint General Staff of the Armed Forces (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado Maior Conjunto das Forças Armadas) is the professional head of the Brazilian Armed Forces, who is responsible for the centralizes the coordination and control of the three branches: Army, Navy and Air Force.[1] The position was created through the Complementary Law No. 136 of 25 August 2010, and is guided by Ordinance No. 1429.

Commander of Joint General Staff of the Armed Forces

The head of the JGSAF is appointed by the defense minister and appointed by the President, as the commanders of the forces and will have the same hierarchical level of these and ascendancy over all other military of any of the Force, except over the commanders themselves. The position will be occupied by a general officer's last stand (four stars) in both the active and the reserve and, if active, will automatically for the booking of the appointment, as it is with the commanders of each Forces.

List of chiefs

No. Chief of the Joint Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Ref
Nardi, JoséGeneral
José Carlos De Nardi
(born 1944)
6 September 20107 December 20155 years, 92 days

Sobrinho, AdemirAdmiral
Ademir Sobrinho [pt]
(born 1952)
7 December 201519 January 20193 years, 43 days

Botelho, RaulLieutenant Brigadier
Raul Botelho
(born 1957)
19 January 2019Incumbent2 years, 54 days

Air Force


  1. ^ "Presidente Lula sanciona lei da Nova Defesa". Ministério da Defesa. 25 August 2010. Archived from the original on 26 February 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2011.