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How do I handle a Soldier who fights my orders?

I have a Soldier who fights every order I give him. He constantly researches the regualtions to see if my orders are legal. It seems like he spends more time trying to get out of doing work or trying to prove me wrong than it would have taken to simply complete the tasks. Any suggestions? Please Help!

I would prepare a counseling statement that references one or two recent examples of his unwillingness to promptly execute orders, tasks, or directives. Have your chain of command review the counseling statement prior counseling the Soldier. This will ensure that you have support should you have to elevate the situation.

Inform the Soldier that failure to promptly execute an order in a professional manner to the best of his ability, or any whining about the order will be dealt with by refering the matter to the chain of command for resolution up to and including UCMJ action as appropriate. Have the Soldier read his latest set of promotion orders as they relate to obeying orders.

posted on 08/17/2011 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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