U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

Chain of Command

The continuous chain of authority that links the most junior private to the Commander in Chief and vice versa. (background) Many argue that the US implementation of the chain of command is the most important strategy employed by our military forces. In other armies the loss of a commander would throw the entire organization into disorder while in the U S military, the next most senior person present just assumes command. It is taught that whenever two Marines are walking together, one is in charge.

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