Roman J. Smith (roman.j.smith.13@ND.EDU)
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 11:14:47 -0500
>Among the most important of these
>principles is the chain of command. The military services, and for that
>matter any organization, may be thought of as a pyramid. Authority and
>responsibility flow downward from the pinnacle, passing through
>progressively junior levels of command. Simplistically, if the first
>sergeant of an infantry company, for example, wants a PFC to load a
>truck with sandbags, he does not stop the first PFC he encounters and
>tell him to do so. Instead, he tells a platoon sergeant, who tells a
>section leader, who tells a corporal, and the corporal selects the PFC
>who gets the sandbags loaded.
I thought that in scout authority flows up from the scout to the SLP. (This
what elections are all about). Ths SLP then tells the PL that sand bags
need to loaded. The PL then works with the patrol to explain the task, and
either assigns the task, or take suggestion as to how this will be done.
Assigning a task is still a bit different than commanding that a task be done.
Yes the chain is still there, but is not a chain of command, but a chain of
responsibility. That is the difference between a military unit and a Troop.
We do need to understand the chain of responsibility and use it correctly.
Roman J. Smith
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