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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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