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Commissioned officer

A commissioned officer is a member of a military force who holds a commission or writ of authority from a political leader or government.

Commissioned officers are authorized to use deadly force to carry out the lawful orders of their government, either directly or through orders to non-commissioned officers or soldiers.

Having officers is one requirement for combatant status under the laws of war.

Commissioned Officer Ranks

See also: military, warrant officer, laws of war



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