The staff's purpose is to make sure the joint commander knows the tactics, techniques,
capabilities, needs, and limitations of the force's components.
Positions on the staff are divided so service representation and influence reflect the
force's service makeup. Consideration is given to the character of the command's contemplated actions.
The commander's staff is broadly classified into personal staff principal staff officer,
special staff, and general or joint staff divisions. Figure 1-1 shows the broad functional subdivisions of
a typical joint staff organization.
Figure 1-1. Example of a joint staff organization.
The personal staff group is directly responsible to the commander. It includes any
assistant needed to handle matters requiring the commander's close personal control. The commander's
aide, legal adviser, public affairs adviser, inspector general, and international or political affairs adviser
are usually on the personal staff.