Mastering the Military Chain of Command

By Rod Powers

Part of Basic Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In the military, you need to know who is in charge — in essence, the military chain of command. You should always go directly to your superior (and not your superior’s superior!). This handy guide lets you know who reports to whom.

Branch Chain of Command
Army Recruit, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Leader, Company Commander,
Battalion Commander, Brigade Commander, Division Commander, Corps
Commander, Army Chief of Staff, Secretary of the Army, Secretary of
Defense, Commander-in-Chief (President)
Air Force Recruit, Training Instructor, Flight Chief, Squadron Commander,
Group Commander, Wing Commander, AETC Commander, Air Force Chief of
Staff, Secretary of the Air Force, Secretary of Defense,
Commander-in-Chief (President)
Navy Recruit, Company Commander, Division Leading Chief Petty
Officer, Division Officer, Military Training Assistant, Military
Training Officer, Executive Officer, Commanding Officer, Chief of
Naval Education and Training, Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary
of the Navy, Secretary of Defense, Commander-in-Chief
(President)
Marine Corps Recruit, Drill Instructor, Company Commander, Battalion
Commander, Regimental Commander, Division Commander, Chief of Naval
Education and Training, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Secretary
of the Navy, Secretary of Defense, Commander-in-Chief
(President)
Coast Guard Recruit, Company Commander, Lead Company Commander, Section
Commander, Battalion Commander, Battalion Officer, Regimental
Officer, Training Officer, Executive Officer, Commanding Officer,
Coast Guard Commandant, Secretary of Homeland Security,
Commander-in-Chief (President)