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Can my 1SG make me keep my room to basic training standards and inspect me every day – including weekends?

CSM I really need some help here! Our 1SG wants all of our rooms dress right dress in such a way that we have little privacy and allows us very little ability to live with some degree of relaxation. He wants all of our clothes (socks, underwear, uniforms, and "civvies") displayed in a very specific manner; basically, he wants us to live in a state of perpetual basic training. He also inspects us every day including weekends, and we don't get released on weekends until 1800-2000 for a room inspection.

First, congratulations on your assignment in Korea!  I served two years there and enjoyed by time there, but in all fairness I was able to see my family most weekends so I did not face the same challenges and pains as many of our Soldiers.  I fully understand where you are coming from and most likely understand what your chain of command is trying to achieve.

Typically, generally, usually this would be inappropriate.  There are times when individuals might need some tightening of standards and the revocation of privileges.  There are times when as a unit the standards may need to be tightened.  But these are exceptions and would be conducted – in my opinion – to restore order and standards for a barracks area in which Soldiers/Leaders were not adhering to standards.

posted on 11/04/2013 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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