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NCO Found Guilty for Maltreatment of Subordinates

Company Command: The Bottom Line - Army Leadership Guide

This morning I read an article in the Stars & Stripes that was very disturbing.  An NCO was found guilty of abusing a subordinate.  While I believe most of our leaders are out to do the right thing and grow the future leaders of our nation I also understand, there are individuals that act inappropriately.  These individuals can be divided into two categories.  Those that willfully mistreat their subordinates and abuse their authority and those that mirror the actions of their previous leadership.  Many times these techniques are not appropriate.  Corrective training is designed to correct and educate not punish and abuse the Soldier.

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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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  • Mark92


    Hi, do you allow guest posting on asktop.net ? 🙂 Please let me know on my email



    Not a bad write up top let’s go over some pros and cons of your article.

    Pros: mistreatment of soldiers is completely unacceptable. There is no excuse, why this still goes on shows how some units refuse to align themselves with army doctrine.
    Young and inexperienced leaders are more often than not guilty of this behavior. They are also the easiest ones to fix compared to older leaders stuck in their ways.
    Finally the army is no longer turning a blind eye to this behavior I have seen more prosecutions for mistreatment of soldiers within the last 6 months than in my entire army career.

    Cons: now not everyone deserves to be crushed mistakes happen. Investigations tend to focus on the suspected individual than, let’s say his mentor, superior, or unit who under scrutiny from outside sources are quick to allow the least knowledgeable leader to walk the plank.

    Finally what are you to do if you as a leader are accused of mistreating soldiers, well for one remain silent. Top might want you to be honest and assume responsibility for your actions and there is nothing wrong with that. The only issue is no one is getting second chances anymore, so if you make a mistake it might be all over for you. But if you truly believe that you are innocent then immediately get some professional help through behavioral health and an attorney. Don’t blame the army or politics for why your being targeted. I here a lot of how the military is just civilians in uniform now, just brush those statements off and do not allow anyone to degrade your service. The army more than ever are prepping service members for life outside of service, these new rules will allow you to be successful outside of the army so look on the bright side.

    • Mark Gerecht


      I concur that any time you are being charged or questioned with regard to an incident that could potentially lead to a formal charge or significant punishment under the UCMJ the Soldier needs to remain silent and seek legal advice. This does not prevent a Soldier from being accountable and responsible it simply ensures they are educated and informed prior to making a statement.

      Thanks Nick

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