chain of command


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chain of command

n. pl. chains of command
A hierarchy of authority in which each rank is accountable to the one directly superior.
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chain of command

The succession of commanding officers from a superior to a subordinate through which command is exercised. Also called command channel.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Para sa akin mas masakit itong karanasan dahil alam kong pag nagbebreak down ang chain of command, may namamatay, may nasasaktan, Honasan said.
Whatever its benefits, our multi-branched armed forces, each service with its own complex chain of command, often makes for less-than-efficient military operations (not to mention military spending as each branch vies for the biggest chunk of the funding pie).
A clearly defined and strict chain of command becomes critical to applying force efficiently and to initiating a quick response to social upheaval.
The important thing is for them to always follow discipline and the chain of command," Romualdez, the president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) who is eyeing to succeed Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the incoming 18th Congress, said in a statement.
'We need to uphold our oath and obey the Chain of Command from the President, SND, down to our office chiefs and Section/Squad Leaders,' he added.
Sources in the Punjab government said the deputy commissioners of Chakwal and Rajanpur had been asked why they should not be tried under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006 (removal from service) for violating the chain of command.
Chain of command refers to the hierarchy of reporting relationships and should be graphically portrayed in the organizational chart.
The company admitted they suspended him in part for failing to follow the chain of command, and said they had even asked an MSHA inspector to explain that miners should follow the chain of command.
The problem is especially significant for DSCA operations that depend on electricity, computers, printers, and communication systems to maintain a constant flow of composite risk assessments, situation reports, and other important information that must be disseminated up or down the chain of command. It is particularly important that primary, secondary, and tertiary means of communication are prechecked, loaded with appropriate frequencies, and packed for the mission so that mission command will not suffer in the event that one or two methods of communication are disrupted.
The third point for potential confusion comes in the description of the chain of command as well as the commander's authorities and responsibilities within that chain.
The Southern Naval Command has issued a statement in which it says, "The wife of the officer has levelled unfair allegations against superior officers in her husband's chain of command, their spouses and other officers who have interacted with her.