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Can Leadership require a Soldier attend a Promotion board in a Uniform that is not yet Mandatory?

I have a number of AGR Soldiers who were not issued ASU uniforms once they came on the AGR Program Per AR 700-84 The CSM will not let the SM participate in the promotion board without the ASU. The wearout date for the Class A is now 4th QTR FY 2014. Is there anything I can advise my chain of command with regard to this policy?

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While I can understand the CSM’s desire to motivate Soldiers to acquire the ASU. He cannot legally require Soldiers to attend a board in an alternate uniform when the Class A’s are still authorized.

I would venture to say that if a Soldier filed a complaint with the local JAG or IG the chain of command would be some what embarrassed especially if the LOI for the board states something like the Soldiers must appear in the ASU and the Class A is not authorized. It may be wise to obtain a legal opinion from JAG and/or make an inquiry with your local IG. You can make both inquiries without providing a unit or names. If I am correct then the information obtained can be shared with the chain of command and they can determine if they desire to change their policy or if they are willing to receive complaints.

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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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