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Can I be forced to take correspondence courses if they are not mandatory for my MOS or certification?

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They cannot make the courses mandatory. They can highly encourage it. They are usually looking out for your career by doing this. Is this a battle really worth fight? Only you can decide. There are benefits to numerous correspondence courses but only you can decide if you want to take them if they are not required for your MOS and/or certification. Ask yourself a few questions: Is there any harm in doing this? Am I just upset because I don’t like someone telling me to do something rather than asking me? If this is the case perhaps a conversation with your leader might be in order. If you choose to do this remain: calm, professional, factual, and unemotional.

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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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