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Can someone of the same rank counsel me?

Can an NCO counsel another NCO of the same rank? Can an E6 give a counseling statement to another E6? I work with some Soldiers who think that they can do such a thing. I dont think they can because they are the same rank. If another E5 tried to counsel me, I'd likely take the counseling statement and rip it up and tell him to shove it. What is the Army reg on counselings? .. Read the Answer»

I had a leader blow up on me and refuse to sign a counseling statement- How should I handle this?

one of my New NCOS had a blowout with me, when I gave him a counseling for missing our unit FRG meeting. He refused to sign the counseling and told me that the Commander couldn't make FRG meetings mandatory for anybody. He expressed to me, he wouldn't sign any counseling, NCOER checklist, and NCOER coming from me. As his rater, how can I approach this situation... Read the Answer»

Writing a Letter Home to a Soldier’s Parents- Motivation that Changes Lives

As a young 1SG I encountered a high speed Captain in our Battalion Commo.  She was always finding ways to motivate Soldiers and get more out of her Soldiers. I was extremely impressed with her.  Eventually we struck up a professional relationship and without knowing it she began to mentor me. One afternoon the subject revolved around how to motivate Soldiers in an environment with limited opportunities for recognition.  She looked at me and asked “Hey 1SG you ever think about writing a letter Read more

Pick your battles

Just as military units avoid committing their forces to diversionary attacks and feints, leaders must be alert to being drawn into minor skirmishes that sap their strength and divert valuable assets from the mission. On an individual level, personality conflicts are a prime example of this. Leaders can allow themselves to become snarled in clashes of personal style that take enormous amounts of mental energy and are ultimately self-defeating. Example SSG Newnan worked for a section chief Read more

Part-Time Company Commander: How to Lead a Company in the National Guard or Army Reserve, Course Review

Recently I had the opportunity to review a course for Company Commanders in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. The course is entitled Part-Time Commander:  How to Lead a Company in the National Guard or Army Reservesby Charles “Chuck” Holmes. Chuck and I have a professional relationship and occasionally communicate with each other.  We are both passionate about helping Leaders and Soldiers better themselves within their chosen profession. What follows is my opinion of the course Read more

Why should I give automatically promoted NCOs respect?

I'm an NCO and have two Soldiers in my squad that are new NCOs. They were just automatically picked up to SGT by DA. I had to work for my rank and they got theirs automatically. I've tried looking at AR 600-8-17, section V, para. 3-17, but couldn't find anything about this. How am I supposed to treat these Soldiers as equals when I don't feel they are? How am I supposed to demand other Soldiers give them respect when they've been to the board and are just waiting on points? How can this (Auto E5) happen? How do I make it fair to myself and my Soldiers?.. Read the Answer»

Can a Platoon Sergeant counsel his/her Platoon Leader?

Can I counsel my Platoon Leader? How do I contest my NCOER from him? This LT is like a Private, he fails to listen to orders and does his own thing. I know he's going to give me a poor rating... Read the Answer»

I have a Soldier who owns a gun and has indicated he is depressed – Should we remove his firearm?

I have a Soldier who owns a weapon and went to sick call. When asked if he was feeling depressed or down he stated that he was. Is there anything I should do about this situation? Should I notify my chain of command that since he has been feeling depressed and he owns a weapon the best thing to do may be to lock it up in the unit Arms Room?.. Read the Answer»

Bringing disgruntled Soldiers back into the team

When you are confronted by a soldier determined to butt heads with you and resist your efforts to get him or her to do their job and meet the standards, it is extremely frustrating. While you might have enough to process them for an administrative discharge, you will still be stuck with them until the separation is completed, a process which invariably takes longer than you expect. And there is no guarantee that the replacement you get, if you get one, will be a better soldier. In addition, recommending Read more

Top 7 Leadership Tips for Today’s Army NCO

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Today, I want to share my top 7 leadership tips for today’s Army NCO. These tips are unconventional tips that you might not learn in your NCOES. However, I believe that all of these ideas can benefit you immensely if you keep an open mind and apply what you learn. # 1 Focus on High Standards and Progress No one is perfect. Your Soldiers are not perfect and neither are you. Therefore, rather than focus on perfection, you should focus on high standards and progress. Set the standards high and try Read more

Can a Soldier be forced to reveal financial information?

If a Soldier is having financial difficulty can he refuse to provide financial information to his squad leader to help develop a plan of action?.. Read the Answer»

Give them an inch and some Soldiers will take a mile

While most soldiers want to do a good job, there are a few who decide they don’t have to do what you tell them. For them, jerking the boss around when they get corrected is their idea of entertainment. In many cases, these soldiers are nearing the end of their enlistment, and they have no intention of remaining in the military. While old vets rarely talk about it, such behavior becomes more common when wars draw to an end, particularly long, unpopular wars. In this regard the current war in Read more
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