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If this is your personal cell phone no one can force you to download an app to your phone.  If it is a government cell phone, they can require you to download government approved applications.  The question becomes is this really a battle you want to fight?  Is this simply annoying, inconvenient, and frustrating? You can always say “No”.  Be polite and professionals in your refusal, but realize it could cause friction.  Ultimately the choice is yours.

Now with that said there are a couple of other ways to handle it.  You can talk to the Platoon Sergeant/Leader, or Company Commander/1SG on open door policy but this too might cause some friction.  Another method could be to simply write an anonymous professional note to your commander and 1SG requesting assistance.  As a last resort you could make an anonymous complaint to the IG.

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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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