The Army will welcome a new leader of the noncommissioned officer corps in around eight months when Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Weimer takes over as the 17th Sergeant Major of the Army in August.

The service’s chief of staff, Gen. James McConville, announced the decision Dec. 8 at a professional development event for senior leaders.

Weimer is currently assigned as the top enlisted soldier in Army Special Operations Command. He assumed that position in August 2021 alongside the command’s top general, Lt. Gen. Jon Braga.

The service’s top NCOs typically focus on a handful of signature initiatives during their time atop the Army’s enlisted ranks. Current Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston emphasized uniform policy, the rollout of the Army Combat Fitness Test, parenthood policy changes, standardization of expert badges and more.

Not all priorities prove popular, though — the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond Chandler, drew ire for his hardline stance on tattoos.

It’s unclear what Weimer’s priorities will be as the next Sergeant Major of the Army.

Davis Winkie covers the Army for Military Times. He studied history at Vanderbilt and UNC-Chapel Hill, and served five years in the Army Guard. His investigations earned the Society of Professional Journalists' 2023 Sunshine Award and consecutive Military Reporters and Editors honors, among others. Davis was also a 2022 Livingston Awards finalist.

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