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In a %20%20%20Military%20(from%20Latin%20militarius%2C%20miles%20%5Csoldier%5C)%20as%20an%20adjective%20describes%20anything%20related%20to%20soldiers%20and%20warfare%2C%20more%20specifically%20to%20do%20with%20land%20forces%2C%20the%20sea%20forces%20equivalent%20being%20%5Cnaval%5C.%20Used%20as%20a%20noun%2C%20it%20is%20equivalent%20to%20Armed%20force.%20%20... military context, the %20%20%20This%20is%20a%20disambiguation%20page%20%26%238212%3B%20a%20navigational%20aid%20which%20lists%20other%20pages%20that%20might%20otherwise%20share%20the%20same%20title.%20... chain of command is the line of authority and responsibility along which orders are passed.


The line will generally go from a higher ranked soldier who gives the order, i.e. an %20%20%20In%20the%20military%2C%20a%20commissioned%20officer%20is%20a%20member%20of%20the%20service%20who%20derives%20authority%20directly%20from%20a%20sovereign%20power%2C%20and%20as%20such%20holds%20a%20commission%20from%20that%20power.%20... officer, down to a lower ranked soldier who is ordered to do something, i.e. a common %20%20%20%20%20%20%20A%20Norwegian%20soldier%20(a%20Corporal%2C%20armed%20with%20an%20MP-5)%20%20%20A%20soldier%20is%20a%20person%20who%20has%20enlisted%20with%2C%20or%20has%20been%20conscripted%20into%2C%20the%20armed%20forces%20of%20a%20sovereign%20country%20and%20has%20undergone%20training%20and%20received%20equipment%20to%20defend%20that%20country%20or%20its%20interests.%20... soldier.


In general, military personnel give orders to only those directly below them in the chain of command, and receive orders from only those directly above them. For example, a common soldier who has a problem with carrying out an order is likely to get disciplined for not observing the chain of command if he skips the officer who is in direct command of him, and directly appeals to a higher ranked officer in his chain of command.


It also implies that a higher rank alone does not entitle to give commands. For example, an officer of a given %20%20%20A%20military%20unit%20is%20an%20organisation%20within%20an%20armed%20force.%20... military unit is not in a position to directly command common soldiers of another unit, as this officer is outside of their chain of command. If the officer needs something from the soldiers of another unit, he would generally be expected to approach an officer along their chain of command.


The term is also used in %20%20%20A%20civilian%20is%20a%20person%20who%20is%20not%20a%20member%20of%20a%20military.%20... civilian context describing comparable %20%20A%20hierarchy%20(in%20Greek%20hieros%20%3D%20sacred%2C%20arkho%20%3D%20rule)%20is%20a%20system%20of%20ranking%20and%20organizing%20things.%20... hierarchical structures of authority, i.e. in %20%20%20%5CManagement%5C%20(from%20Old%20French%20m%5CxE9nagement%20%5Cthe%20art%20of%20conducting%2C%20directing%5C%2C%20from%20Latin%20manu%20agere%20%5Cto%20lead%20by%20the%20hand%5C)%20characterises%20the%20process%20of%20leading%20and%20directing%20all%20or%20part%20of%20an%20organization%2C%20often%20a%20business%2C%20through%20the%20deployment%20and%20manipulation%20of%20resources%20(human%2C%20financial%2C%20material%2C%20intellectual%20or%20intangible).%20... management.


See also: %20%20%20Military%20rank%2C%20or%20simply%20rank%2C%20is%20a%20system%20of%20grading%20seniority%20and%20command%20within%20military%20organizations.%20... military rank


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Command Structure (763 words)
The command structure of the German Army was a major factor in the success of their attack on France in May 1940.
Likewise, the command structure of the Allies at the start of World War Two can be linked to their rapid defeat.
One of the reasons for Germany’s success in May 1940 was that it had a unified command structure with each unit of the military acting to support the other – hence the importance of the Luftwaffe to the success of blitzkrieg.
AllRefer.com - Finland - Command Structure | Finnish Information Resource (426 words)
The commander in chief of the Defense Forces was directly subordinate to the president in matters of military command, principally questions of operations and training.
The military area commander, a major general or lieutenant general in peacetime, exercised independent control of all military affairs within his region, including the maintenance of readiness, training of conscripts and reservists, maintenance of a functional mobilization system, wartime logistics preparations, cooperation with civilian authorities, and area defense planning.
The commander in chief, who retained planning control of the navy and the air force, could order the commanders of these two services to support a given area command, or he could call upon the general forces of one military area to supply reinforcements to another military area.
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