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Can I be Placed on Setup and Clean Up Detail because I chose not to Participate in a Unit Ball?

Because I didn't purchase a ticket to our Unit's Ball, I've been told, only 3 days prior, that I will be on the setup/cleanup detail. The reason that I didn't buy a ticket was because My wife works at night, past midnight, and I need to be home with the kids. Now They say I need to find a baby sitter because I am on the detail. So not buying a ticket will cost me almost $100 for a Friday night baby sitter at last minute notice. Do I have any recourse? And no, there is no DA6 for details or the likes.

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Yes they can,

This is one of the many inconveniences of military life for families.


This is not retaliation and totally on the level. Most units do the same thing. Those that do not want to participate are detailed with the setup and cleanup. I would suggest this Soldier speak with his 1SG about being detailed to the setup portion and not the cleanup portion. However, there is not an issue for the Soldier to be detailed to both. He has options, Soldier can try to submit for 1 day of leave, spouse could take a personal day or vacation day from her work if possible or hire a babysitter. If money is the true issue the Soldier should consider speaking with the PSG/PTLDR or Unit 1SG and/or Commander


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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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