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How do I correct a Soldier who has poor hygiene?

I just wanted to know if there is anyone out there who has counseled a Soldier about their hygiene? I've been pulled aside by other section leaders about a Soldier's hygiene and how it is affecting others... Read the Answer»

Can my former supervisor counsel me for taking action approved by my new supervisor?

A couple of months ago I had some trouble with my Supervisor, an E-4(P). Her supervisor (E-5) moved me to work for him and he took care of my EOM counseling and everything. During that time, the E-4(P) continued to text me. Because of the history between us, I thought It would be safer for me to block her numbers from my phone so that I wouldn't be tempted to respond hot-headedly.Before I blocked her numbers, I asked the E-5 if it would be okay to do so and he told me yes until things cooled down. After I blocked her, all three of us sat down and discussed the problems. I told both of them that I had her number blocked. That was two weeks ago.Today she came to my barracks room and asked me if I had gotten her text or phone calls. I told her no and when she asked why, I responded that I had blocked her. She told me that I shouldn't have done that (yelled at me) and that I had to fix it right then and there and that I couldn't shut the door until I had done so. Since I am an E-3 I followed the E-4’s order.Then she sends me another text moments later telling me that she is my supervisor again and that she will be giving me a negative counseling statement. What courses of action do I have? I plan to mark Disagree and explain I had permission to block her number because of her unprofessional behavior.Should I refuse to sign the counseling statement?.. Read the Answer»

U.S. Army Inspections: The Basics

This article is the first in a series about inspections. As I travel, Soldiers share with me the challenges they are facing. A leader recently told me that they were inundated with inspections. This began a discussion about why inspections …Read More

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Can Soldiers put Army gas in their personal vehicles?

Is it illegal to put military gas in your POV? If so, what do you do when you see someone doing it?.. Read the Answer»

How do I write an Army counseling statement for spousal abuse?

I have a Soldier who was picked up on spousal abuse charges. Do you have an example of how to write this counseling? I've never written one before. What do I have to do to make sure it doesn't get kicked back by legal?.. Read the Answer»

Writing fair and accurate evaluation reports

So you just finished writing an evaluation report and you sit back and gaze upon the masterpiece you created. It took you all of 15 minutes to finish–you begin to wonder why people have such a hard time writing evaluation …Read More

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Suspended NCO: When should we execute the Relief for Cause?

I have an NCO who is currently suspended from duties pending the outcome of an investigation. At what point should we execute the Relief For Cause?.. Read the Answer»

Can chapter actions be suspended like Article 15 punishment?

I have a Soldier who I believe could recover from his mistakes and become a good Soldier. He is in the process of being chaptered. Can the chapter action be suspended like an Article 15 punishment?.. Read the Answer»

Can I tell my NCO to piss-off?

I have about one week left in the Army and my squad leader is driving me nuts. I'm not really doing anything wrong. Can I just tell him to piss off? Can they really do anything to me?.. Read the Answer»

Can I be verbally counseled and then formally counseled for the same offense?

Can I be verbally counseled for an incident then formally counseled two months later for the exact same thing? To top it off, they told me I will face a reduction board... Read the Answer»

Solving Army leadership problems professionally

When you are up against a problem in your unit, how do you react? This article contains some great tips about how to cope with an issue and resolve it in a professional manner.

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My previous unit did not complete my NCOER, how do I recover?

My unit never completed my NCOER from my last deployment and now I am in a new unit. I am preparing for the SFC selection board. What should I do?.. Read the Answer»