A Republican who held one of the most powerful jobs in the Trump administration is now a lowly Navy ensign

  • Reince Priebus, President Donald Trump’s first chief of staff, is officially in the Navy.
  • Vice President Mike Pence on Monday swore Priebus in, and he has been commissioned as an ensign.
  • Priebus, who’s also the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, will work as a human-resources officer, The Hill reported.
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President Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has joined the Navy.

Priebus, 47, who was also previously the chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Monday was commissioned as an ensign – the lowest officer rank in the Navy.

The former White House chief of staff and longtime Republican insider will work in the Navy as a human-resources officer, Navy Reserve Forces spokesperson Cmdr. Doug Gabos told INSIDER.

Gabos said Priebus will be attached to the Navy Operational Support Center in the nation’s capital but added that he has not yet received an official assignment.

“In the near future [Priebus] will attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, Rhode Island where all newly commissioned Navy Reserve Officers receive an introduction to military structure, the history of Navy traditions and customs, the military legal system, military etiquette and more,” Gabos said.

Priebus was sworn in after a monthslong application process that included a recommendation from former Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

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In an application statement submitted to the Navy, which was obtained by The Washington Post, Priebus wrote he felt called to serve after the death of a Navy SEAL during an operation in Yemen early on in Trump’s tenure.

“At that moment, the gravity of every action we take in the West Wing rushed down upon my shoulders,” Priebus wrote. “Everything suddenly became extremely real and raw. As some time passed, a few other senior aides joined me in the Cabinet Room and we discussed the consequences, harsh realities and weight of what we do every day.”

Vice President Mike Pence swore Priebus in at Monday’s ceremony, which was also attended by another former employee of the Trump administration, Sean Spicer.

Spicer, who was Trump’s first White House press secretary, is a Navy reserve officer.

Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Bryan Steil, who are both Republicans from Wisconsin, were also in attendance.

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