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Can my leader recommend an Article 15 because he did not like the essay I turned in for corrective training?

The requirements for Corrective Training are outlined in:AR 600-20, AR 27-10, FM 27-1, and FM 7-22.7.

Doctrine Tells us Corrective Training

      • must not be used as punishment or appear to be punishment
      • must relate directly to the observed deficiency

      • specifically address the observed deficiency
      • must be discontinued once the deficiency is corrected
      • must no be used in place of UCMJ punishment

Professional Military Experience shows us when directing, supervising, and/or implementing Corrective Training

      • the Soldier must be provided the proper resources to complete the training.
      • must be conducted in a safe environment
      • must not be ridiculous in nature.  For example if you are directed to clean a latrine floor with a tooth brush this would be considered inappropriate as usual cleaning items would  a broom and mop.

Based on the limited information you provided essays may initially have been an appropriate manner for conducting corrective training in your case.  I am a big fan of essays as the goal is to get the Soldier to look at the situation, educate the Soldier, get the Soldier to see the issue from another point of view,  and  conduct a mental After Action Review prior to writing the essay.  Each leader may be looking for difference things but I believe most are looking for one key point:  Did you learn from your mistake?

posted on 02/14/2014 under Articles
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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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  • Weaver

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    So, I recommend so for UCMJ action. It keeps getting denied by my PSG. We have several good soldiers and there are several cases where Article 15s have been imposed and soldier have come out, reformed and have a stellar career. (Myself being one of them). Does the PSG have authority to deny UCMJ action or is it just up to the CDR and 1SG?

    • Mark Gerecht

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      You have the ability to recommend UCMJ but the final authority is the commander. If you believe your voice is not being heard you can request to see the Commander and 1SG on open door policy.You might even want to sit down and have a discussion with your Platoon Sergeant to see why he does not agree with your recommendation and see if the two of you can come to a common understanding.

      I must also encourage you to think about the unintended consequences of recommending an Article 15. If a Soldier is a good Solider and makes a mistake and receives an Article 15 the Soldier might end up being separated from the service because of the current drawdown. Now that being said if UCMJ action is appropriate then it is what it is.

      There are numerous options available to discipline a Soldier. UCMJ is just one of the tools. You may also want to consider other options. There are revocation of privileges and corrective training just to name a few. I dedicated an entire section in my Book “THE MENTOR” to correcting substandard performance.

      Hope this helps!
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  • Jeff

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    Is it in the right that my sgt did corrective training in full body armor helmet and everything. Even tho he only did five excise ever 10 mins for like an hour?

    • Mark Gerecht

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      I cannot not tell you if it is right as I was not there. I can say that corrective training is designed to correct and educate. The manner in which you describe the corrective training does appear to be a bit Excessive. For example if you did something that required corrective training and exercise was chosen as the means to “correct & educate” then one set of exercises would be appropriate and there would be no reason to continue to have you repeat exercises. Perhaps exercise was not the best means to correct & educate in this case. Perhaps your NCO should have chosen another more time consuming option designed to get you to think about the infraction.

      Whenever Physical Fitness is used as corrective training the Leader has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the Soldier.

      I would encourage you to check out the corrective training class and other information about corrective training on ASKTOP.net. Use the Key word “Corrective Training”. I think you will find plenty of information on the subject with regulatory references.

      Hope this Helps!
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