Chain of Command

1686 WordsNov 8, 20117 Pages
According to Army Regulation six hundred dash twenty, chapter two, paragraph two dash one, subsection (a): “the chain of command assists commanders at all levels to achieve their primary function of accomplishing the unit’s assigned mission while caring for personnel and property in their charge.” What that means is that the chain of command facilitates communication from the highest commander to the lowest private as fast and accurate as necessary in order to get the mission accomplished and the soldiers and equipment taken care of. The chain of command is basically like a ladder, where you go as high or low as you need to, to take care of the issue. It’s designed so that the issues can be addressed and resolved at the lowest level. But,…show more content…
As a new private in basic some soldiers are appointed into student leadership positions to help them understand how hard it is to run a squad or platoon sized element and to show them how much harder it is without the proper use of the chain of command. The soldiers quickly learn that one person can be in charge of a platoon but it is very difficult to handle and control every single individual soldier and their issues. The student leaders learn that the military cannot efficiently function without the chain of command and the use of delegation. The importance of the chain of command is that it provides stability inside the work place for when incidents come about that need to be dealt with. It sets up the structure for which you report all good and bad things; accidents, mistakes, tardiness, and so on. All incidents are intended to be dealt with on the lowest level before it is brought up to higher personnel. Also, it helps build leadership, responsibility, and common knowledge of how to run a stable work place. Furthermore, it helps people who normally are not or would not be able to take control of situations and control how things are ran, take charge and help whoever it is with the problem. When the chain of command does not work right, the leadership is ineffective and some personnel end up doing other people's jobs for them. An ineffective chain of command can also lead to more severe consequences for the soldier or personnel involved. If a
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