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A military command or order is a binding instruction given by a senior rank to a junior rank in a military context. Not all senior ranks in all military have the right to give an order to all lower ranks. A general order is a published directive by an officer in a command post, which is binding on all ranks under his command, and intended to enforce a policy or procedure.
In the US military an operations order is a plan format meant which is intended to assist subordinate units with the conduct of military operations.
- George Breckenridge Davis, A Treatise on the Military Law of the United States, 1913 1584776501 p385 "A staff officer has, except by assignment, no right to give a military order to an officer of the line ; if he should do so without stating that he did so in the name of a superior to the line officer, such order would be invalid."
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