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Can I be demoted without Paperwork or an explanation?

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Myself and two others were demoted prior to a mission without being told why and we were told we didn’t have the right to see the paperwork. Two weeks later we were given our rank back. Nothing was said about the issue every again. To this day I don’t know why!

Based on the information you provided:

A Soldier cannot be reduced without paperwork nor an explanation. Reduction in rank requires an Article 15 process, action under a Courts Martial or an administrative reduction board.

In all cases the Soldier will receive paperwork and their will be an explanation.

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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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