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A roving commission details the duties of a commissioned officer or other official whose responsibilities are neither geographically nor functionally limited.

Where an individual in an official position is given more freedom that would regularly be afforded to a person in the same role they are described as having a roving commission.

Traditionally, a military officer receives a commission charging them with the duties and responsibilities of a specific office or position. A roving commission applies to military officers who are commissioned by their respective service without the requirement to serve at a specific military base or on a specific naval vessel[1].

Because officers with a roving commission are considered to have more freedom that other officers of a similar rank, they are often commissioned as such so that they can be moved between roles and responsibilities as a stop gap measure[2]

See also


  1. ^ New Zealand Electronic Text Centre - includes related description
  2. ^ A roving commission: naval reminiscences by Crawford Pasco


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