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Military Command Staffs

To manage the complicated nature of military organizations, the armed forces of the United States utilize a staff system to simplify the control of day-to-day operations. The modern command staff attempts to facilitate command and control by enabling a clear line of information, easing a commander’s decisionmaking process. To accomplish this, related tasks or duties are grouped together under a single administrator who then reports directly to the commanding officer. This compartmentalization ideally provides better advice and allows for a more efficient coordination of personnel, equipment, and other resources. These staff sections are found within all branches of the armed forces and at all unit levels, including operational, departmental, and joint commands. While the overall duties at each level may vary, the basic responsibilities are ...

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