What Is the President's Role As the Commander-In-Chief?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 2:59:22 PM ET

As commander-in-chief, the president's wartime responsibilities include deploying troops, ordering air strikes, invasions and bombings, and peacetime and homefront duties such as stationing troops, meeting with military and defense leaders, and making sure the nation's veterans are treated well. Although the president does not have the power to declare war, he may lobby for Congress to do so when he deems it necessary.