The Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) is the deputy to the Chief of the Defence Staff
, the professional head of the
British Armed Forces
The British Armed Forces, also known as Her Majesty's Armed Forces, are the military, military services responsible for the defence of the United Kingdom, its British Overseas Territories, overseas territories and the Crown dependencies. They a ...
.Vice Chief of Defence Staff
Ministry of Defence The position was titled
Deputy Chief of the Defence StaffThe Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff is a senior United Kingdom, British military officer who reports to the Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom), Chief of the Defence Staff and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom), Vice-Chief of ... before 1964. From 1966 to 1978 the post was occupied by a 3 star officer. From 1978 onwards the post has been held by a 4 star officer.
List of Vice Chiefs of the Defence Staff
British military appointments