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Article II 

    Section 2

    • Clause 1
    • 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; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

      • ArtII.S2.C1.1 Commander in Chief Power
        • ArtII.S2.C1.1.1  Commander in Chief Power: Historical Background
        • ArtII.S2.C1.1.2  Commander in Chief Power: Doctrine and Practice
        • ArtII.S2.C1.1.3 Commander in Chief Power: Select Topics for Consideration