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Do leaders have to be in the same uniform as the Soldier when conducting Corrective Training?

Does an NCO have to be in the same uniform as the Soldier when conducting corrective training? If so, can you send me the Army Regulation where I can find this information?

The short answer is No! There is no official reference to share this subject, but occasionally organizations publish local policy at the Division, BDE, or BN level that clarifies the command’s position on issues of this nature.

Now for clarification. Let’s say the Soldier has difficulty wearing the uniform correctly and you decide to have them report every hour on the hour in a different uniform for inspection. In this case I would encourage the leader to show up in the same uniform as this removes the perception of punishment from the corrective training and sends a message to the Soldier:

“My leader cares and he will uphold the same standard he requires of me. Also, my leader is a little crazy. He is willing to give up his free time to correct my performance.”

The Soldier usually realizes that he would rather improve his performance than deal with a crazy NCO.

posted on 12/21/2011 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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