Grade 9-12 Civilian Leadership & the Military: The history and importance of a civilian-led military in America

The purpose of this lesson to assist student understanding of why the American Constitution places ultimate authority of the military in the hands of civilians rather than military leaders. Students should appreciate the historical uniqueness of the American military as an extension of constitutional principles in which the people always have the last word.


Common Core, C3


9, 10, 11, 12

Resource Types

Lesson Plans


100 minutes

Constitution Articles

Article I