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NCO Found Guilty for Maltreatment of Subordinates

How can you avoid abusing your authority, position, and your subordinates? Ask yourself these questions?

  1. Would I allow my son, daughter, or loved one to be treated this way?
  2. Are my actions appropriate?
  3. Am I treating my subordinates the way I want to be treated?
  4. If a disinterested person saw me taking action would they see my action as professional or abusive?
  5. Would I be proud of my actions if a member of my family or spouse saw me taking these actions?

Read the Article in the Stars and Stripes: Sergeant busted down for maltreatment of private

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The purpose of ASKTOP.NET is to share experience and Lessons Learned.  It is my sincere hope that leaders are encouraged to learn from their HONEST mistakes and held ACCOUNTABLE for violations that are unethical, illegal, immoral, or unsafe.  Leaders I encourage you to share your expeirnece and lessons learned with your subordinates.  Educate them on what actions are appropriat and what actions are inappropriate.

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posted on 10/31/2014 under Articles, Site News
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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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  • Mark92

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    Hi, do you allow guest posting on asktop.net ? 🙂 Please let me know on my email

  • SGT NICK

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    Not a bad write up top let’s go over some pros and cons of your article.

    Pros: mistreatment of soldiers is completely unacceptable. There is no excuse, why this still goes on shows how some units refuse to align themselves with army doctrine.
    Young and inexperienced leaders are more often than not guilty of this behavior. They are also the easiest ones to fix compared to older leaders stuck in their ways.
    Finally the army is no longer turning a blind eye to this behavior I have seen more prosecutions for mistreatment of soldiers within the last 6 months than in my entire army career.

    Cons: now not everyone deserves to be crushed mistakes happen. Investigations tend to focus on the suspected individual than, let’s say his mentor, superior, or unit who under scrutiny from outside sources are quick to allow the least knowledgeable leader to walk the plank.

    Finally what are you to do if you as a leader are accused of mistreating soldiers, well for one remain silent. Top might want you to be honest and assume responsibility for your actions and there is nothing wrong with that. The only issue is no one is getting second chances anymore, so if you make a mistake it might be all over for you. But if you truly believe that you are innocent then immediately get some professional help through behavioral health and an attorney. Don’t blame the army or politics for why your being targeted. I here a lot of how the military is just civilians in uniform now, just brush those statements off and do not allow anyone to degrade your service. The army more than ever are prepping service members for life outside of service, these new rules will allow you to be successful outside of the army so look on the bright side.

    • Mark Gerecht

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      Nick,
      I concur that any time you are being charged or questioned with regard to an incident that could potentially lead to a formal charge or significant punishment under the UCMJ the Soldier needs to remain silent and seek legal advice. This does not prevent a Soldier from being accountable and responsible it simply ensures they are educated and informed prior to making a statement.

      Thanks Nick

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