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Pick Your Battles

The following is an extract from the book Move Out The Insider’s Guide for Military Leaders Just as military units avoid committing their forces to diversionary attacks and feints, leaders must be alert to being drawn into minor skirmishes that …Read More

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Crossing a Linear Danger Area

The following is an extract from the book Ranger Patrolling Guide There are two types of linear danger areas (LDA’S), known and unknown. A known LDA is one that is depicted on the map and that you plan on crossing …Read More

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Is It appropriate to receive a negative counseling statement before you receive your initial counseling?

Can I receive a negative counseling before receiving your initial counseling?.. Read the Answer»

The 5 Principles of Patrolling

The following is an extract from the book Ranger Patrolling Planning— Quickly make a simple plan and effectively communicate it to the lowest level. A great plan that takes forever to complete and is poorly disseminated isn’t a great plan. …Read More

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Can my Chain of Command make me go to the field on a dead man’s profile and cructhes?

I recently had a hip Arthoscopy and a Labrum reconstruction surgery. Today is my final day of Convalescent Leave. My company command told my NCO that as soon as I sign in today, I have to come to the company and sleep in the Motorpool with the other rear D personnel while they are out in the field. I’m still recovering and on crutches and my medical profile pretty much all No’s down my profile. What I want to know is if they can make do this? Or should I do it and face the risk of hindering my recovery?.. Read the Answer»

Was I Wrong to Direct a Soldier to Complete Corrective Because they Failed to Wash and Dry Their Hands?

I received a negative counseling for having a Soldier write an essay on the importance of proper hand washing and drying because I observed him leaving the restroom and he did not wash his hands. Now my 1SG has me sitting in the orderly room as corrective training for giving a Soldier corrective training. The Soldier was not my direct report. Was I wrong?.. Read the Answer»

MY LT and Me By CSM John D. Woodyard

Note From CSM (R) Gerecht: CSM Woodyard was my battalion CSM when he wrote this article.  He was an incredible leader, exceptional mentor, and role model.  Unfortunately his life was cut short as a result of a traffic accident while …Read More

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Is it appropriate for a SSG(P) to be placed on the SSG duty roster…shouldn’t they be placed on the SFC duty roster?

If you are SSG (P) is it within regulation to pull Staff Duty and no other SSG (P)'s pulls Staff Duty they pull Brigade Staff Duty.. Read the Answer»

Can the Chain of Command Conduct Barracks Inspections without Soldiers being Present?

Is there a regulation that allows senior leadership to go through a single Soldier's room anytime they wish, without probable cause of anything suspicious and without notifying the single Soldier.. Read the Answer»

Using the Box Technique During Active and Passive Tracking Operations

Click the following link to own your copy today:  Special Operations Advanced Patrolling   Box Technique— This is a simple and effective method to use during active and passive counter tracking and it takes very little practice to employ. The …Read More

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Can a previous infraction in another unit be used against a Soldier for separation or chapter purposes?

If a Soldier commits a offense while in another unit and moves on to permanent party status in another unit (division), commits a infraction can the infraction from the previous unit be used against the Soldier to establish a pattern of misconduct? .. Read the Answer»

If I Volunteered to Participate in Remedial PT with my Squad Leader Can Another Leader Force me to do PT with him all Weekend?

I failed a diagnostic APFT because I just got off profile for an injury. I volunteered to do extra pt with my NCO to get back into shape. Another NCO came to our workout session because he has a Soldier that joined our session. He then proceed to tell me that I had to meet him all this weekend to workout. I am currently on a reconditioning profile. Is he allowed to force me to come to his pt sessions outside of our workday?.. Read the Answer»