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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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Aquino was ordered charged for usurping authority in conspiracy with Purisima and sacked SAF commander Getulio Napenas, who were earlier charged before the Sandiganbayan with graft and usurpation of powers for allegedly bypassing the chain of command.
It said the President violated the chain of command in the Mamasapano incident in which 44 SAF commandos were killed.
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.
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.
Especially if there had been a suicide watch, there may have been negligence by the chain of command, and the NIS should have considered there to be no choice but to investigate.
Let's play the chain of command cards when the civil defence is on the way.
He said: "A culture of complacency and a disregard for every soldier's safety had reached right up the chain of command.
Surrey Coroner Richard Travers said the chain of command had not listened to concerns raised about the potential of insurgents targeting the range and had not provided sufficiently trained units to clear the site of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
ALL PERSONNEL WHO SIGN CONTAINER INSPECTION FORMS, DA 2404S OR OTHER SERVICE MAINTENANCE SHEETS MUST BE APPOINTED IN WRITING BY THE ACTIVITY, UNIT COMMANPER OR A DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE, WHO IS USUALLY THE FIRST 0-5 IN THE CHAIN Of COMMAND.
When I refer a complaint to the chain of command they are put under a legal duty to keep me informed.
My advice, however, is to employ an expert adviser in this area who is not part of the chain of command and she herself remain as CEO.
Successful packages combine the efforts of command safety managers and the chain of command.
Leaders in Soldiers' chains of command also need to be aware that this call center exists and that it has not been created to circumvent the chain of command.
The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize--winning senior Pentagon correspondent not only traveled with soldiers on the ground in Iraq, but tapped the sources, up and down the chain of command, that he'd developed during his twenty-three years of reporting on the military.
The chain of command policy is a Children's policy that describes how an employee or professional staff member is expected to escalate an issue of concern depending upon the patient's acuity.