chain of command


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chain of command

The hierarchy of people with authority in a particular setting or situation. I know I can't complain to the CEO directly, but there must be someone in the chain of command that I can talk to!
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chain of command

Fig. the series or sequence of holders of responsibility in a hierarchy. The only way to get things done in the military is to follow the chain of command. Never try to go straight to the top.
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Alejano said only a subordinate can be held liable for violating the chain of command, not the President who is the commander-in-chief.
It is important that the facts be first laid out and an important one is the BOI finding that the PNP chain of command - or line of authority, as some may prefer to call it - was not followed.
Since the two branches merge at the COMAFFOR, the chain of command for AFFOR below the COMAFFOR (including subordinate Air Force commanders) comes from a single point.
There was no suicide watch contemplated or instituted by the chain of command.
And it's important to give a fair hearing to those who wish to appeal decisions up the chain of command.
The current investigation, conducted by an officer outside Swift's chain of command, confirmed that incident.
The amount of authority depends not only on their current position in the chain of command but also on the type of mission.
The Ground, Air and Maritime self-defense forces will be placed under an integrated chain of command on Monday, abolishing the current system under which these three arms of the Self-Defense Forces have each had their own respective command channels.
In the past the expectation was that the chain of command had a distinct accountable role in the advancement of their Sailors.
Retention Recommendation Form: The first O-6 or GS-15 in the officer's chain of command will write a nine-line narrative and make a recommendation.
A bizarre incident triggers some simmering craziness in the post's chain of command and Miles is in official disgrace.
It will streamline the chain of command to make it more efficient, and give us helicopters with more warfighting and rescue capability available in more places.
By suing Rumsfeld in the state of Illinois, where he is believed to have assets, eight Afghan and Iraqi detainees represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First are trying to place responsibility at the top of the chain of command.
EU officials explain that there were some delays in the preparations, which for example required the DRC authorities to put in place a chain of command.
While it may have started with the military, most organizations have an established chain of command that is essential for effective management, accountability, and a strong means of operation.