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AIT Soldier is Ordered by Platoon Sergeant not to get into a Car with Father (an Officer), because it is Fraternization!

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

NCO Found Guilty for Maltreatment of Subordinates

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

Guest Post By SGM Thomas D. Clementson Leadership is an Investment. 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

What is the BEST NCO GIFT for Going Aways, Hail and Farewells?

I just recently changed over a change of command. My 1SG was my backbone and made me successful. I am looking for outgoing commander/1SG traditions/gift and I am unsuccessful in finding something that goes inline with some military tradition. I want to do something special and/or traditional... or I'll start one, but looking for something fun/meaningful to show my appreciation that is done from the outgoing Commander to the First Sergeant. Can someone help me out?.. Read the Answer»

MSG Owens: Soldier Training, Soldier Promotions

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A NOTE FROM TOP- ASKTOP readers today I have the distinct pleasure of sharing a short essay written by a trusted friend and a professional/caring leader. I encountered 1SG Owens, as a young SSG! She displayed exceptional and intense intestinal fortitude by standing up to senior leadership (CSM,COL, MG, etc), when she felt something needed to be fixed. She was successful because she was consistently calm, factual, and professional in her approach. Her argument was always thought out with the end in Read more

Introducing 1SG Gamio

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We’d like to take a moment to welcome 1SG Gamio to our panel of subject matter experts. He runs a site of his own called Chemical Dragon which provides free resources available to Soldier’s like you. As part of his introduction to the team, we asked 1SG Gamio to tell him a little about himself. 1. 1SG Gamio, Tell us a little bit about yourself? I am from Los Angeles, California. I enlisted in the Army in October 1995, as a Chemical Operations Specialist. 2. We noticed you have a website Read more

Review of Part-Time Army Officer Guide

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Review of Part-Time Army Officer Guide: How to have a successful career as a National Guard or Army Reserve Officer By Mark Gerecht Recently I was provided the opportunity to review a copy of the Part-Time Army Officer Guide: How to have a successful career as a National Guard or Army Reserve Officer by Charles Holmes.  Right off the bat I was impressed with the amount of information Charles provides at the reasonable price of $37.00. Contents:  The set includes four CDs.  CD 1: contains Read more

Part-Time Company Commander: How to Lead a Company in the National Guard or Army Reserve, Course Review

Recently I had the opportunity to review a course for Company Commanders in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. The course is entitled Part-Time Commander:  How to Lead a Company in the National Guard or Army Reservesby Charles “Chuck” Holmes. Chuck and I have a professional relationship and occasionally communicate with each other.  We are both passionate about helping Leaders and Soldiers better themselves within their chosen profession. What follows is my opinion of the course Read more

The Unintended Consequences of Social Media, Career Ender

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Fox News recently released an article about social media and the Army. See Full Article Here. It’s a Long Weekend at Fort Anyplace You and a few friends decide to get together and kick back, enjoy the PlayStation and the latest “Call to Duty” sequel.  The action is intense, alcohol is flowing and everything is GROOVEY.  Next thing you know some young lady’s enter the scene.  As the evening progresses and the alcohol flows you begin to prank each other, take some photos, at some point people Read more

Senate passes bill allowing VA to disinter criminals

The Senate passed a bill Monday that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to unbury military service members in national cemeteries if they committed a capital crime. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act after Koehl she was shot by a service member. Michael Anderson was buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery, but Coats argued he shouldn’t have been since existing law prohibits anyone convicted of a federal or state capital crime Read more

New AR 600-9 hits the Street- What Changed?

Just a quick note to let you know of the changes in AR 600-9.    There are numerous changes.  The following is an extract of the Regulation Summary page.  Notice scales must now be calibrated. Changes the name of the regulation from the Army Weight Control Program to the Army Body Composition Program (title page and throughout). Adds responsibility for Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 (para 2-4). Replaces U.S. Army Reserve Components Personnel Center with U.S. Army Human Resources Command Read more

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Today we’re glad to feature an article by guest writer CSM Eric Schmitz. His article examines what mission focus is all about, and how tasks that “detract” from the mission can make all the difference. …The Brigade and its subordinate Battalions and Companies garner praise for the hard work and competence of their Soldiers. The Soldier is the reason those missions are completed and the reason this Brigade is known as the premier Military Intelligence Brigade in the Army. Unfortunately, I Read more