chain of command


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chain of command

the line of command flowing down from the top of an ORGANIZATION to the bottom. In theory, the chief executive issues commands to his or her subordinates which are then relayed down to those they have AUTHORITY over. In practice, those in the chain of command often do not follow such commands, either because they do not have the resources to meet them or because they believe them to be incorrect or otherwise inappropriate. See UNITY OF COMMAND, LINE AND STAFF, HIERARCHY.
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They were also charged for allegedly bypassing the police chain of command when they kept in the dark then PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas about the operation.
If the chain of command had been in place, there would have been someone between the two.
In short, to accomplish the mission, leaders on the ground must be able to quickly grasp the complicated military/civilian chains of command present in the disaster area while also keeping the existing (but not necessarily present) chain of command in the rear apprised of the situation on the ground.
Determining the chain of command for an Air Force commander depends upon the color of the hat worn by the next-senior commander above.
Here, the allegation of criminal negligence merited investigation because the Canadian Forces may have owed a fiduciary duty toward Stuart Langridge, the LdSH chain of command knew that Stuart was suicidal, and the LdSH failed to provide care to Stuart Lmgridge, which led to his suicide.
A proper system of communicating up and down the chain of command could possibly have prevented this tragedy.
Only a commander in the Soldier's chain of command in the grade of O-7 or higher is authorized to initiate separation proceedings on the basis of alleged homosexual conduct.
But to do so without proof is foolish and time wasting as we have soldiers on operations worldwide who need our chain of command to focus on important issues.
Successful packages combine the efforts of command safety managers and the chain of command.
In certain cases, the Soldiers' chain of command could have done a better job in helping to resolve medically related issues.
if your boss requires you to [act disreputably], you need to be looking at moving out of that 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.