A command in military terminology is an organisational unit for which a military commander is responsible. Commands, sometimes called units or formations, form the building blocks of a military. A commander is normally specifically appointed to the role in order to provide a legal framework for the authority bestowed. Naval and military officers have legal authority by virtue of their officer's commission, but the specific responsibilities and privileges of command are derived from the publication of appointment.

The relevant definition of "command" according to the US Department of Defense is as follows:[1]

(DOD) 3. A unit or units, an organization, or an area under the command of one individual. Also called CMD. See also area command; combatant command; combatant command (command authority).

Major Command

Major Command or Major Commands are large formations of the United States Armed Forces. Historically, a Major Command is the highest level of command. Within the United States Army, the acronym MACOM is used for Major Command.[2] Within the United States Air Force, the acronym MAJCOM is used.[3][4]

There are several types of Major Commands in the United States military:

See also


  1. ^ United States Department of Defense, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, [1] Archived 2016-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Department of Defense Acronyms". public2.nhhcaws.local. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  3. ^ "Major Commands". www.afhra.af.mil. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  4. ^ "Part 5302 - Definitions of Words and Terms | Acquisition.GOV". www.acquisition.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-03.