The term command is used in several different ways within the Central Aid Agency. But generally a command references an organizational structure within the C.A.A. that is responsible for overseeing a specific aspect of the C.A.A. mission at a policy level. In the Central Aid Agency a command serves as the primary category, or role, that personnel are assigned to do. Commands are further categorized according to authority from Primary Commands on down, and are comprised of formations, units, and personnel. The terms command and commander can also be applied to designated leadership positions within the C.A.A. structure, such as command of an area, facility, or unit.
Units are designated and organized hierarchical structures where personnel are assigned. Units come in different forms, each fulfilling a specific need. Units belong to a parent Command, Branch, Program, or Affiliate depending on their structure, with some specialized units belonging to multiple parents. Units are assigned to geographical Area Commands when not deployed. Generally units follow a set chain-of-command with clearly defined leadership and accountability. Units are led by a Unit Leader who is assisted by a Second-In-Command.