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Can someone outside the rating chain direct a relief for cause?

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Specifics of questions: Is a relief of cause NCOER at the company commanders level to initiate it. Can a company commander stop and say no to a relief of cause NCOER. They’re telling my command and 1sgt to write me a relief of cause NCOER. Does he have the right to say no if he does not believe it should be written.

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Any person in the rating chain can direct a relief.  However, a relief can also be directed by a person outside the rating chain.  See AR 623-3 and DA PAM 623-3 as they relate to relief for cause actions.  Basically, if the relief is directed by an individual outside the rating chain it must be so annotated and I believe a relief memo must also be generated.

Keep in mind the rating chain always has options.  Check out our YOUTUBE Channel as it has numerous videos on relief for cause actions and options.


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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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