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Well, this is going to drift my thread, but start here.
This will tell you about the JCS council.
Basically if you've ever watched a movie or whatever where there is war going on or about to happen and there is a big table and the leader is at one
end the Joint Chiefs of Staff are the people sitting at the table advising the leader what the best course of action would be.
In that link you can click any of the blue hyperlinks, and you can learn more about each person in that committee.
Here is a wikipedia page that breaks it down in a more informative way.
But to go even further. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are really just the old dudes who have done their time and either kissed a lot of ass or kicked a
lot of ass to get to where they are.
The people in charge of combatant commands are called combatant commanders(go figure, right?)
Here's a wikipedia page for that:
Underneath them are the actual admirals or generals who run command their individual fleets, ships, regiments, corps, or whatever.
Then, in the Navy and Coast Guard the ships or smaller commands have captains or commanders. While the Army
and Air Force have a variety of Generals, the Marines have Colonels and Generals.
My memory of other branches rank structure is poor.
But a ship is made up of departments. Each department responsible for a specific thing that makes a ship functioning ship.
My department was Weapons. So, my department is what made a ship a fighting ship.
We had a Warrant Officer, but he left. Warrant Officers are badass officers you don't mess with. They know their #, and don't take # from anyone,
except MAYBE the Captain.
As far as the regular commissioned officers go we had a few DIVOs, or Division Officer, each responsible for a specific Division in the Department. We
had a Senior Chief in charge of the Department, and a Chief who was the Leading Chief Petty Officer, then a Chief in charge of each Division. Then, we
had a 1st Class Petty Officer who was the Lead Petty Officer, then we were supposed to have a 1st Class Petty Officer in charge of each Division, but
we were a Cruiser, and manning isn't like what it used to be so it is what is is, and it was up to me or my buddy to be the "Work Center Supervisor"
for our Work Center.
I don't kiss ass, so my buddy got it, because he looooved to crawl up in the Chief's Mess booty cracks.
So, I became the RPPO, or the Repair/Parts Petty Officer. So, while he got all the credit, I was the one scheduling maintenance, assigning
maintenance, ordering parts, and maintaining inventory.
We were both 2nd Class Petty Officers.
We were in charge of two more 2nd Class Petty Officers, and a 3rd Class Petty Officer.
Underneath the Petty Officer ranks are the Seamen(E-3), Apprentices(E-2), and Recuits(E-1). They are pretty much the people who are the unsung heros
of the ship. They either love ya or hate ya, and that can be good or bad.
Either you spend all day hunting em down, or being there to to give them life lessons and how to deal with being an adult and guiding them through bad
financial decisions and #ty relationships. After a while you gain their respect and they make your life a hell of a lot easier.
So, that's the military structure in a nutshell.
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