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Can my Chain of Command make me buy Identification Tags?

Top, I really need some guidance and mentorship. Here is the deal. We are deployed and we all have one set of our ID TAGS. No our command is making us go buy another set of ID TAGs. We have to order them from an online service. I think the unit should supply these. Is it legal to make us buy them?

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Is it Legal?

Bottom Line the unit cannot force a Soldier to buy a 2nd set of ID Tags if they were not issued or if the unit did not require the items to be brought.  Usually the ID Tags are supplied during RFI, Pre-Deployment Health Assessments and SRC.

Let’s Look at the Issue from both sides

Chain of Command’s Side:

Apparently there is a need to ensure  each Soldier has 2 sets of ID Tags.  Now these are typically ordered by the unit. The unit turns in the proper paperwork to the nearest military personnel center and they are produced locally.  Since you are deployed this could be an issue because the capability to produce the ID Tags may be located a long distance from your position.

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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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