Can I reduce a new Soldier for inefficiency? | - Leader Development for Army Professionals - Part 2

Can I reduce a new Soldier for inefficiency?

A Soldier recently joined the unit a couple of months ago. In that brief time, she has managed to mess up or break just about everything she has touched. We've implemented corrective training again and again. Unfortunately it appears that she is flatly unable to perform her job. How do I go about reducing this Soldier for inefficiency?

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posted on 04/30/2017 under Q&A
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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  • Jo B. Rusin


    Before you get to the point of having to reduce the Soldier for inefficiency, you might want to talk with her former boss at her last assignment. Was she able to do her job there or did they also have problems with her? If you have done everything you can as a leader to correct the behavior, there is a chance that something else is going on. For example, it is possible that she may be having family problems, experiencing PTSD symptoms, or be pregnant. Consider referring her to mental hygiene, the chaplain, or to the medical clinic for evaluation. Exercise all your options before you take final action and lower the boom.

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