Recording Devices and Counseling This is the first in a series of articles concerning the use of recording devices as they relate to counseling and other situations within today’s military. Discussion Over the past year I have been asked numerous times to discuss the likelihood and legality of recording a counseling session between a supervisor and a Soldier. I have had numerous situations and variety of scenarios presented to me through ASKTOP.net and during my travels to conduct book signings Read more
We’ve all heard it before: staying fit is simple math. The equation in question is calories in versus calories out. As military professionals, staying in shape is not a cosmetic choice. It is a career decision and all too often, a matter of life or death. Soldier fitness: Calories in versus calories out Eat less. Work out more. It is a s simple as the lessons you learned in basic. We all get suck in the gears that make the Army run, but we cannot forget that we are all soldiers first. Soldiers Read more
Short Answer Yes you can but it does not make sense Discussion ATP 6-22.1 para 2-30. states: Counseling tied to a specific event should happen as closely to the event occurrence as possible. For performance or professional development counseling, subordinates may need a week or more to prepare or review specific documents and resources, including evaluation support forms or counseling records Based on the situation you outlined it appears this may be motivated by emotion and or the leader was Read more
Purpose The purpose of this Article is to walk you through the Article 138 process. This will help you understand if the Article 138 process is appropriate for your situation and explain how to construction your complaint. Reference: Army Regulation: AR 27-10 WHAT IS AN ARTICLE 138 COMPLAINT? An Article 138 complaint is a process by which you can attempt to remedy a wrong committed against you by your commanding officer. A “wrong” may be an action the commander has taken (an act), Read more
You might want to consider the following references. Disclaimer: I did write the following books but they were written to help leaders become better Leaders at the squad, platoon, and company level. Consider looking at the following title: The Mentor, The writer, The Evaluator. Here is a link to the site GIPUBS.com This link contains several other products that you might find useful Free Resources Available in The ASKTOP.net ARMSROOM You might also find the following document useful. Read more
Any leader has the right to look at your profile to ensure they are not giving you an order in violation of that profile. Profiles are governed under AR 40-501. You should carry your profile on you at all times. Your leaders are responsible for YOUR HEALTH AND WELFARE therefore they must know what physical your physical limitations are so that they do not inadvertently assign you duties in violation of your profiles that could potentially harm you. Did you find this information useful? Read more
Research on the Subject I have reviewed everything I can find with regard to fraternization with regard to Army Regulations, TRADOC Regulations, the Manual for Courts-Martial, and various policy letters. I have attached the extracts of these documents to the article and cited them when appropriate. References: a. AR 600-20-paragrapsh 4-14 thru 4-16, 6 November, 2014 b. Manual for Courts-Martial- Article 92 Failure to Obey Order or Regulation, Article 134 Fraternization, 2012, c. Read more
This morning I read an article in the Stars & Stripes that was very disturbing. An NCO was found guilty of abusing a subordinate. While I believe most of our leaders are out to do the right thing and grow the future leaders of our nation I also understand, there are individuals that act inappropriately. These individuals can be divided into two categories. Those that willfully mistreat their subordinates and abuse their authority and those that mirror the actions of their previous leadership. Read more
ASKTOP.net Readers we will begin posting a series of Articles by leaders who have been there and done that. Many of them have learned lessons the hard way and want to share their lessons learned with you so that you don’t have to learn from the “SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS!” So I would like to introduce you to our FIRST GUEST POST. It comes to us VIA- SGM Clementson. This article was previously posted on LINKEDIN. I would encourage you to look SGM Clementson on LinkedIn and follow his post. We Read more
When performing push-ups in practice, ensure your arms go below the parallel position to prevent test day grading surprises.
Check your running shoes the day prior to make sure the laces are good (If not, replace them.). On test day, firmly lace your shoes to where comfortable, but not too tight, and double knot tie the laces to prevent a shoe mishap when running.