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Can a Flag for Height and Weight Prevent me From Deploying with My Unit

I am currently deployed to Kuwait, my company has missions in Afghanistan and Jordan. I have been told that since I am flagged for height and weight I cannot deploy forward. Is this correct?

Bottom Line

No the flag cannot prevent your deployment forward.

Discussion

Flags prevent favorable actions.  Perhaps your chain of command is viewing the deployment forward as some type of favorable action in that you might receive special pay, combat patch, etc.  However these are not favorable actions.

Your chain of command does have the right to determine who deploys forward based on their assessment of the situation and your skill set.

Items to Consider

Consider speaking with your platoon leadership.  If that does not work consider seeking an audience with the unit commander on open door policy to ascertain the reason you are not being allowed to deploy forward, other than the flag.

 

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posted on 05/28/2018 under Q&A
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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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