The position of Adjutant General was officially created April 23, 1861, with the rank of brigadier general. The rank was reduced to colonel on February 24, 1864, and then returned to brigadier general on May 1, 1901. On March 1, 1956, the rank was raised to major general, and on July 1, 1970, to lieutenant general, contingent upon 15 consecutive years of tenure, and as recommended by the governor and with consent of the senate.
The Adjutant General administers the joint federal-state program that is the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. Approximately 7,500 Guardsmen currently serve the state of Kansas.
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