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Duties and Responsibilities of Army Officers

Positions of authority are held by army officers. And just like any other types of jobs, they are obliged to perform different duties and responsibilities that are related to their position or office.

Positions or offices held by army officers:

  • Commissioned Officer
  • Non-commissioned Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Direct Commission Officer
  • Commissioned Ranks

Commissioned Officers

The commanding officer in a military unit is known as commissioned army officers, which are trained as leaders and managers.  Their authority is directly derived from a sovereign power and holds a commission charging them with the responsibilities and duties of a specific position or office.  Responsibilities for commissioned officers vary according to rank.  These responsibilities include: leading platoons, commanding troops during war, teaching cadets at military academies, and also counselling and mentoring lower-rank officers.  Commissioned army officers are responsible for the overall organization of his Army troops.  They are typically the only persons in a military environment that is able to act as the “commanding” officer of a military unit.

Non-commissioned Officers

Unlike commissioned officers, non-commissioned army officers are not considered managers or leadership generalists, but they do also receive leadership training and hold a position of some degree of authority who has obtained it by promotion from within the non-rank officers.  Acting as a supervisor within their area of expertise is their main responsibility, and also to receive and follow orders from commissioned Army officers.  Sergeants and Corporals are examples of non-commissioned officers.  An NCO may hold almost no authority in some countries, but in the United States and the United Kingdom, they are often considered to be the “backbone of the military.”

Warrant Officers

Similar to commissioned officers, warrant officers may also command units; however, their responsibilities are more technical in nature.  They may be either helicopter pilots, IT specialists, tactical and combative experts who also serve as advisors or trainers.  These army officers may provide advice and mentoring to branch officers, as well as support brigades, division corps, and major command operations.  The maintenance, integration, management and administration of the Army systems are also handled by warrant officers.  After about 2 years of service, they will normally be promoted to a CW2, or a Chief Warrant Officer.

Direct Commission Officers

Duties of other Army officers vary from that of a direct commission officer.  These officers are civilians that are commissioned under the Direct Commission Officer Program.  The skills of these officers are used by the Army to sustain and maintain crucial military operations.  Direct Commission Officers serve in the Army reserves or on active duty. These officers often occupy leadership positions in the areas of law, science, supply-logistic-transportation and public affairs.

Commissioned Ranks

2nd Lieutenants, 1st Lieutenants, Lieutenant Colonels, Captains, Majors, Brigadier Generals, Major Generals or Lieutenant Generals are often served by Commissioned Army officers.  General is the highest rank a commissioned officer can hold, and they are responsible for commanding all operations and activities that fall within the jurisdiction of a certain geographical area.

Army officers hold very important duties and responsibilities, which is why different ranks are open for those best suited for the job.

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