Lieutenant General Clardy serves as the Military Deputy for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
Lieutenant General Clardy was commissioned on May 13, 1983 after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Lieutenant General Clardy’s command positions include platoon commander with 3d Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and company commander in 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. He commanded 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and 2d Marine Regiment and Regimental Combat Team 2 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. As a general, he served as the Commanding General of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, and as the Commanding General, 3d Marine Division.
Lieutenant General Clardy served in multiple leadership and staff positions throughout his career. He was a tactics instructor at The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, the Marine Officer Instructor at Tulane University, and the Community Relations Branch Head for the Division of Public Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps. He served as the Operations Officer of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) participating in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN and as the Community Policy, Planning and Liaison Officer for Marine Corps Bases, Japan. He was the Director for the Expeditionary Warfare School and the Director of Operations for the Plans, Policies, and Operations Department of Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. He most recently served as the J8 Deputy Director for Force Management, Application and Support on the Joint Staff.