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Can I be punished for not standing during the National Anthem?

My commander is considering corrective training against me because I did not stand during the National Anthem while off-duty at a ball game. How can he do this?.. Read the Answer»

Must all commanders have an open door policy?

Is there a requirement that all commanders have an open door policy?.. Read the Answer»

Am I required to address my chaplain by military rank?

I know chaplains are typically addressed as "Chaplain", but my squad leader just told me that I should be referring to our chaplain by his rank. Am I required to address my chaplain by military rank?.. Read the Answer»

Can my commander deny my request to get an award in private?

I want to get my award in a private ceremony but my commander says he will only present it at a company formation. Can he mandate this?.. Read the Answer»

Can my commander revoke my Air Assault badge?

It looks like my commander is trying to revoke my Air Assault Badge. Can he do that?.. Read the Answer»

What do I do if my award recommendation was lost?

I was recommended for an award but it appears it was lost. What can I do?.. Read the Answer»

How long do I have to submit a Soldier for an award?

How long do I have to submit an award recommendation for my subordinate?.. Read the Answer»

What is the awards reg?

What Army Regulation covers military awards?.. Read the Answer»

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»