Deciphering the Commander-in-Chief Clause

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“The Constitution designates the president as the 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.’ A common view is that this gives the president not only broad but virtually complete and ultimate authority over the armed forces. But, like so many other modern views of the Constitution, this is false.” (02/09/24)