The chain of command assists commanders at all levels to achieve their primary responsibility of accomplishing the unit’s assigned mission while caring for the units overall well being, survival, recruitment and site maintenance. A simple and direct chain of command facilitates the transmittal of orders from the highest to the lowest levels in a minimum of time and with the least chance of misinterpretation. The command channel extends upward in the same manner for matters requiring official communication from subordinate to senior.
Right to command
Command is exercised by virtue of office and the special assignment of members of the Black Brigade holding military rank who are eligible to exercise command.
Elements of command
The key elements of command are authority and responsibility. Formal authority for command is derived from the policies, procedures, and precedents as dictated by 666th SOP’s.
Assignment and command
Soldiers are assigned to units where their services are required. The commanding officer then as-signs appropriate duties.
- Chain of Command
- The chain of command assists commanders at all levels to achieve their primary responsibility of accomplishing the unit’s assigned mission while caring for the units overall well being, survival, recruitment and site maintenance. A simple and direct chain of command facilitates the transmittal of orders from the highest to the lowest levels in a minimum of time and with the least chance of misinterpretation. The command channel extends upward in the same manner for matters requiring official communication from subordinate to senior.
- Commanders are responsible for everything their command does or fails to do. However, commanders subdivide responsibility and authority and assign portions of both to various subordinate commanders and staff members. In this way, a proper degree of responsibility becomes inherent in each command echelon. Commanders dele-gate sufficient authority to each soldier in the chain of command to accomplish their assigned duties and hold them accountable for their actions. The need for a commander or staff officer to observe proper channels in issuing instructions or orders to subordinates must be recognized.
- Proper use of the chain of command is vital to the overall effectiveness of the 666th. Commanders must acquaint all their soldiers with its existence and proper function. Effective communication between senior and subordinate soldiers within the chain of command is crucial to the proper functioning of all units. Therefore, soldiers are also expected to use the chain of command when communicating issues and problems to their leaden and commanders.
- Soldiers have a responsibility to ensure their unit commander is made aware of problems which affect the discipline, morale, and effectiveness of the unit. Unit commanders will establish an open door policy within their commands. This allows unit members to present facts, concerns, problems of a personal or professional nature, or other issues which the soldier has been unable to resolve. The timing, conduct, and specific procedures of the unit open door policy are determined by the unit commander.
- Emergency command
- The senior officer, warrant officer, cadet, NCO, specialist, or private among troops at the scene of an emergency will assume temporary command and control of the military personnel present. These provisions also apply to troops separated from their main units under battlefield conditions. The senior person eligible for command, whether officer or enlisted, will assume command according to rank without regard to Service.
- Functions of an individual in temporary command
- A commander in temporary command will not, except in urgent cases, alter or annul the standing orders of the permanent commander without authority from the next higher command. Such commanders will be considered temporary until designated as permanent, or until replaced by the proper senior commander.