REVIEW 5 QUESTIONS
Q1. The chain of command defines the relationship
of juniors and seniors in an organization. List the
five areas that affect the chain of command.
Q2. In your organization, you can find out about the
chain of command by asking someone in what
Where do I go? What do I do? Who is in charge?
With the Navys organizational structure, all personnel,
from the CNO to the newest crew member, know what
their job is, where they work, and who their supervisor
is. Think about being at sea; its midnight and the general
alarm sounds. Are the gun mounts manned by personnel
trained to handle them or just by the people that showed
up first? What about the repair lockers, the engine
rooms, or the bridge?
Without an organization that ensures properly
trained personnel manning each billet, our ships could
not be in a continual high state of readiness.
What about a problem in the work space? Who do
we tell about it? Do we tell the department head or the
Our chain of command works in both directions, up
and down. The upper level keeps us informed of the
types of operations being conducted and what types of
hazards we face. The people in the lower levels must
keep the upper levels informed of all difficulties
experienced in the performance of assigned duties.
Every level in the chain of command is an integral part
of a team. Members at each level must do their part to
make sure their command functions effectively.
Flight deck operations are a good example of the
effects of proper organization. Ships could never carry
out these operations without superior organization.
Every person knowing where to report, what job to do,
and who to tell when things go wrongthats