- Part 51

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Use Your People

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Use your people by allowing everyone to do his job.

When Your Gone

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Don’t begrudge the time you spend developing, coaching and helping your people to grow so they can carry on when you’re gone. It’s one of the best signs of good leadership.

Good Leadership

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Good leadership promotes professionalism–a renaissance of standards, involving quality of life, service, discipline and total commitment to our Army and the United States of America.

Go Further

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There must be, within our Army, a sense of purpose. There must be a willingness to march a little farther, to carry a heavier load, to step out into the dark and the unknown for the safety and well-being of others.

Does a Soldier have to be notified of a flag action?

I have an E-8 who falsified documents, went AWOL, and committed another violation under the UCMJ. He is pending a General Letter of Reprimand. I initiated an adverse action flag on him once I knew the LOR was going to be signed. His counseling statements for these issues contain the "magic" language. He filed a complaint saying he didn't know he was adversely flagged. Is it required by regulation that he be informed that a flag is initiated or is it just courtesy? Does the "magic" language meet the requirement? I thought the "magic" language covered it all. Does this Soldier have a legitimate complaint?.. Read the Answer»

Can I ban a Soldier from smoking at work?

I have a Soldier who smokes. We work in a hospital, and all hospitals are no tobacco use areas. It takes approximately 15 minutes to smoke by the time you leave the area we work, walk to smoking area, smoke, come back, wash your hands, and become a rejoin the team.

This Soldier is the only smoker in the section. Our staffing changes depending on night/day shift. We work in the intensive care unit/post operative care (icu/pacu). Due to this, our patient load changes at the drop of a hat. So if the Charge Nurse allows this Soldier to smoke then a patient comes to the section, a patient may experience a delay in pain medication, or in the worst case scenario, a patient could die.

The question I am trying to ask is: Can I legally tell a soldier that he is not allowed to leave his area to smoke?

I know someone will say he could when it's lunch time, but the same thing applies during the whole 12-hour shift. I cannot know exactly when a patient arrives to the floor, or if a patient needs assistance that requires two people at any given time. Being a nurse is a very time-demanding job, and there are days you feel lucky to have any break at all... Read the Answer»

Can an NCO revoke a Soldier’s smoking privileges for failing his APFT?

One of my Soldiers recently failed his second APFT 2 mile run. I counseled him on it accordingly and also stated in the counseling that I will revoke his smoking privileges if he fails a third time. Now, I have caught some complaints stating "I can't do that" but I've been standing my ground because I HAVE seen it done and firmly believe I have a just reason to do so. I am confident the CO will not object to my corrective action but I don't want to be wrong.

I have sifted through the Regs looking for some clarity but haven't been able to find anything specific.

Do I indeed have the authority to do this, or am I in the wrong? And if I am right can you reference me to the Reg that states I do have that authority?.. Read the Answer»

How do I get out of my unit? (E-2 in an E-7 position)

I am an E-2 slotted in an E-7 position. I have tried everything I can to get reassigned but my unit won't do anything and the IG says my MOS is double-slotted throughout the state. So my options are live with it, find a way to make my unit move me, or quit. Any guidance?.. Read the Answer»

My leader asked me to lie, how do I dig myself out?

My Squad Leader and I were in the field driving around in our vehicle. The Squad Leader was driving and lost control of the vehicle. We hit a tree and damaged the vehicle. He looked at me and said, "Look, you need to say you were driving because I don't have my license yet. The 1SG and Commander will give me an Article 15 if they find out I was driving. Don't worry about it, I am the Squad Leader. I can protect you. I will just give you a counseling statement and corrective training and it will be over... no worries, I promise." I felt very uneasy about the whole situation but was worried about what he would do if I said no. When we got back to the unit he told the Platoon Sergeant I had an accident. Now I have to fill out an accident report and I don't want to get in trouble but I am stuck in the middle. What do I do?.. Read the Answer»

Is it legal for an NCOER to include incidents that happened during another rating period?

I just received my NCOER, and it cites me for events that happened in the previous rating period? Isn't that illegal?.. Read the Answer»

Do I get a copy of my NCOER counseling?

My rater is conducting counseling sessions like the reg says but I don't have a copy of the counseling sessions. Can I get them?.. Read the Answer»

Can my rater counsel me by phone & email?

My rater wants to conduct counseling sessions by phone and email. Is this appropriate?.. Read the Answer»

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