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Jean-Pierre Bosser
General Bosser in September 2015
Chief of Staff of the Army

In office
1 September 2014[1] – 31 July 2019[2]
Preceded by Bertrand Ract-Madoux
Succeeded by Thierry Burkhard
Personal details
Born 14 November 1959(1959-11-14) (age 63)
Versailles, France
Nationality French
Children 2
Alma mater École Spéciale Militaire
École de l'infanterie
Military service
Allegiance France French Republic
Service/branch French Army
Years of service 1979 – 2019
Rank Army general
Unit * 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment
Commands * 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment
Battles/wars * Lebanese Civil War

Jean-Pierre Bosser (born 14 November 1959 in Versailles, France) is a French Army General. He was Chief of Staff of the French Army from 1 September 2014 to 31 July 2019.

Military career

Student of the Lycée militaire de Saint-Cyr, then the École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr (promotion Général Lasalle 1979-1981), he chose then the infantry application school at Montpellier.[3]

He served in the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment 8e RPIMa at Castres on three different occasions, as a section (platoon) chief and paratrooper instructor from 1982 to 1985, assistant officer then commandant of a company between 1986 and 1990, and finally after being nominated to colonel on 1 October 2000, in quality as a regimental commander from 2003 to 2011. Jean-Pierre Bosser was particularly renowned for becoming a paratrooper instructor, particularly at the 8th Parachute Regiment of the Troupes de marine, and participated to a dozen of exterior operations.

Between 1982 and 1990, he deployed to Lebanon at the corps of the Multinational Force in Lebanon since creation in September 1982, to Tchad for the launching of Operation Manta in 1983 then within the cadre of Opération Épervier in 1989, to Central African Republic in 1984 and 1986, and to Gabon in 1990 for the evacuation of French citizens from Port-Gentil. He also conducted simultaneously a technical military assistance mission for one year as a counselor of the para-commando battalion of Mauritania in 1985.

CSA General Mark A. Milley hosts CEMAT Général d'armée Jean-Pierre Bosser.

From 1990 to 1992, he occupied the post of chief of the operational center of the inter-arm general staff headquarters of the superior commandment of the New Caledonian Armed Forces (FANC). He was then engaged at the head of his regiment in Kosovo within the cadre of Operation Trident in 2002, then Central African Republic to open Operation Boali in 2003. Brevetted at the École de guerre in 1996, he served for five years at the bureau « études générales » of the Directorate of Military Personnel of the French Army (DPMAT) before assuming the command of the 8e RPIMa. Then, from 2003 till 2005, he was designated as director of the student formations (DFE) of Écoles de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan ESCC.

He joined again the DPMAT in quality as a bureau chief « Arme de mêlée », then bureau chief « études générales ». Nominated to Général de brigade on 1 August 2007, he became the assistant to the deputy chief of the general staff headquarters « ressources humaines » at the general staff headquarters of the French Army where he was confined with the functions of deputy chief of the general staff headquarters « performance-synthèse ». Elevated to the rank designation of général de corps d’armée, he became on 29 November 2012, the director of the Protection and Defense Security Directorate DPSD, while being responsible for one of the French Military Intelligence Subsidiaries.

On 9 July 2014, he was nominated by the Council of Ministers Chief of Staff of the French Army CEMAT, the highest function in the chain of command of the French Army. He assumed this post responsibility on 1 September 2014 along with the rank elevation designation of Général d'armée.

Military ranks

Ranks attained in the French Army
Élève-officier[lower-alpha 1] Aspirant[lower-alpha 2] Sous-lieutenant[lower-alpha 3] Lieutenant[lower-alpha 4] Capitaine Chef de bataillon
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1979 1980 1981 1982 ? ?
Lieutenant-colonel Colonel Général de brigade Général de division Général de corps d'armée[lower-alpha 5] Général d'armée[lower-alpha 5]
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1 August 1995[4] 1 October 2000[5] 1 August 2007[6] 1 August 2010[7] 29 November 2012[8] 1 September 2014[1]

Honours and decorations

Honours and decorations
National honours
Ribbon bar Name Date Source
Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg Grand Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour 25 June 2019 [9]
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour 13 July 2014 [10]
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour 12 July 2009 [11]
Legion Honneur Chevalier ribbon.svg Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour 7 September 1998 [12]
Ordre national du Merite Commandeur ribbon.svg Commander of the National Order of Merit 4 November 2013 [13]
Ordre national du Merite Officier ribbon.svg Officer of the National Order of Merit 26 November 2004 [14]
Ordre national du Merite Chevalier ribbon.svg Knight of the National Order of Merit 28 July 1995 [15]
Military decorations
Ribbon bar Name Source
Croix de la Valeur Militaire ribbon.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Cross for Military Valour - One bronze star (regiment level citation) -
Croix du Combattant (1930 France) ribbon.svg Combatant's Cross -
Medaille d'Outre-Mer (Coloniale) ribbon.svg Overseas Medal -
Medaille de la Defense Nationale Or ribbon.svg National Defence Medal - Gold grade -
Medaille de Reconnaissance de la Nation (d'Afrique du Nord) ribbon-2.png Medal of the Nation's Gratitude -
Medaille commemorative Francaise ribbon.svg French commemorative medal -
NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg NATO Medal - Kosovo clasp -
Foreign honours
Ribbon bar Name Country Source
US Legion of Merit Commander ribbon.png Commander of the Legion of Merit United States [16]
Order of National Merit (Mauritania) - ribbon bar.gif Knight of the National Order of Merit Mauritania -
GER Bundesverdienstkreuz 4 GrVK 218px.svg Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Germany -
GER DOSB Sports Badge ribbon bar.png German Sports Badge - Gold grade, military Germany -
Noribbon.png Unidentified award - -
Grand Cross Military Merit Order UAE.png Grand Cross of the Military Merit Order United Arab Emirates -
PRT Medal Military Merit 1kl.png Medal of Military Merit - 1st class Portugal -
Badges
Insignia Name
Instructeur Para.jpg Parachutist Monitor Badge
Wings badge.JPG British Parachutist Badge

Jean-Pierre Bosser is an Honorary Corporal (bestowed) of the French Foreign Legion.

See also

Notes and references

  1. First year of ESM Saint-Cyr
  2. Second year of ESM Saint-Cyr
  3. Third year of ESM Saint-Cyr
  4. Upon leaving ESM Saint-Cyr
  5. 5.0 5.1 Not a rank, but a position and style
  1. 1.0 1.1 Government of the French Republic (15 July 2014). "Décret du 15 juillet 2014 portant affectation et élévation d'un officier général". https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000029238738. 
  2. Government of the French Republic (17 July 2019). "Décret du 17 juillet 2019 portant nomination d'un officier général". https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000038777819. 
  3. Biographie du général d’armée Jean-Pierre Bosser, Ministère de la Défense, 10 September 2014.
  4. Government of the French Republic (10 July 1995). "Décret du 10 juillet 1995 portant nomination et promotion dans l'armée active". https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000737023. 
  5. Government of the French Republic (31 October 2000). "Décret du 31 octobre 2000 portant nomination et promotion dans l'armée active". https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000766472. 
  6. Government of the French Republic (28 June 2007). "Décret du 28 juin 2007 portant maintien dans la 1re section, admission dans la 2e section par anticipation et sur demande, élévation aux rang et appellation de général de corps d'armée, affectation et élévation aux rang et appellation de général de corps d'armée, promotion dans la 1re section, nomination dans la 1re et la 2e section, affectation d'officiers généraux". https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000826103. 
  7. Government of the French Republic (21 June 2010). "DDécret du 21 juin 2010 portant élévation aux rang et appellation de général de corps d'armée, élévation aux rang et appellation de général de corps aérien, élévation aux rang et appellation d'ingénieur général hors classe de l'armement, promotion et nomination dans la 1re section, promotion au titre du congé du personnel navigant, affectation d'officiers généraux". https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000022374655. 
  8. Government of the French Republic (29 November 2012). "Décret du 29 novembre 2012 portant affectation et élévation aux rang et appellation de général de corps d'armée, affectations d'officiers généraux". https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000026703108. 
  9. Government of the French Republic (25 June 2019). "Décret du 25 juin 2019 portant élévation" (in French). https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000038682806. 
  10. Government of the French Republic (4 July 2014). "Décret du 4 juillet 2014 portant promotion" (in French). https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000029205355. 
  11. Government of the French Republic (6 July 2009). "Décret du 6 juillet 2009 portant promotion" (in French). https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000020818355. 
  12. Government of the French Republic (8 July 1998). "Décret du 8 juillet 1998 portant promotion" (in French). https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000205713. 
  13. Government of the French Republic (4 November 2013). "Décret du 4 novembre 2013 portant promotion" (in French). https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000028154477. 
  14. Government of the French Republic (10 November 2004). "Décret du 10 novembre 2004 portant promotion" (in French). https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000254017. 
  15. Government of the French Republic (28 April 1995). "Décret du 28 avril 1995 portant promotion" (in French). https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000000188407. 
  16. "General Orders No. 2018–33". Washington, DC: Headquarters Department of the Army. 29 November 2018. https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/ARN12630_GO1833_FINAL.pdf. 

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