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The response is provided based on the information you shared. It is not legal advice nor should this information be used to make a decision. It is highly recommended you speak with your chain of command, IG, and/or JAG before making any decisions.

Let’s deal with the most important issue first:

Disrespect:  There is no excuse for disrespect and I would consider shutting this down immediately through verbal and formal counseling and potentially corrective training.  If this does not resolve the issue you can recommend privileges be revoked and as a final step you can recommend action under UCMJ.  If the disrespect is significant it may be necessary to go straight to UCMJ (use this as a last resort). When recommending an Article 15 make sure you fully understand the unintended consequences of your decision.

Keep in mind disagreement does not equal disrespect!

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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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