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How do I handle NCOs who are disrespectful to their Soldiers?

I have two NCOs who are disrespectful towards others in the unit. What is the best way to handle this? Verbal or written counseling? What forms or letters should I use?

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Great Question. It depends on how bad of a violation they have committed and where you are in the chain of command.

If what they have done is a one-time incident or very minor in nature, a butt chewing is in order for the NCOs. The unit may need to hear a talk about respect. Consider having the NCOs conduct the class as corrective training.

If it is more serious or if it has happened more than once then you can bet it is a behavioral problem they have had for awhile. In this case I would recommend at the least a strong counseling statement given by at the platoon sergeant or platoon leader. If the acts were very serious or if they have happened many times, I recommend a local letter of reprimand. This is the point where a comment could potentially be made on their NCOERs.

posted on 12/07/2011 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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    If you are higher ranking that the NCO who is disrespecting his Soldiers, you could have a talk with them about it. That way you give them the benefit of the doubt and give them the chance to fix it. Or, you could talk with their supervisor.

    If you are lower ranking than the NCO, you could address it to your chain of command; however, please keep in mind that it could backfire on you. Another option (if you are lower ranking than the NCO) is to send an anonymous letter or note to the chain of command.

    I hope that helps.

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