Commander in Chief
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Article II Section 2 of the US Constitution states that the president, "...shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States."

It is stated in the constitution that "the President is the commander in chief of the army and navy of the United States." This means that the president has the final say when activating the military. This includes mobilizing troops to other countries even during peacetime although troops who have been moved can only remain there for a maximum of 60 days if not approved by congress. Although the President holds a majority of the power, he still can not declare war on other nations. He may request that congress declare war, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt did on Monday, December 8th, 1941.

This medal is given to civilians as recognition for significant public or private endeavors. This medal is awarded by the President
This medal is given to civilians as recognition for significant public or private endeavors. This medal is awarded by the President
The president outranks every other military officer, and as such, can assume control of the battle field if he wishes.
The president outranks every other military officer, and as such, can assume control of the battle field if he wishes.

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President Bush (2000-2008) with some soldiers.
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The Secretary of Defense (currently Robert Gates) advises the Commander in Chief in military decisions.
President Obama (2009-Current) pays the troops a visit.
President Obama (2009-Current) pays the troops a visit.

It under is the president's authority to send troops into foreign countries.
It under is the president's authority to send troops into foreign countries.

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Although the President is the leader of the executive branch, solely declaring war
is not a power given to him, no matter what he deems necessary. The President
must first have the idea go to Congress.










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