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Can my Chain of Command make me go to the field on a dead man’s profile and crutches?

I recently had a hip Arthoscopy and a Labrum reconstruction surgery. Today is my final day of Convalescent Leave. My company command told my NCO that as soon as I sign in today, I have to come to the company and sleep in the Motorpool with the other rear D personnel while they are out in the field. I’m still recovering and on crutches and my medical profile pretty much all No’s down my profile. What I want to know is if they can make do this? Or should I do it and face the risk of hindering my recovery?

Company Command: The Bottom Line - Army Leadership Guide

Yes, you can be made to participate, however the commander assumes responsibility should there be further injury.

Let’s look at this from two perspectives


Your Perspective:

You want to heal correctly and believe this is an inappropriate action.

Company Commander Perspective

Most likely wants to ensure 100% participation in the exercise. The Commander may also feel you are trying to get out of going to the field by exaggerating your injury status.


So let’s look at some options:
1. Go do it and just suck it up – probably not the best solution.
2. See the commander/1SG on open door policy and discuss the issue and risks associated with staying in the motor pool.
3. File an article 138 complaint against your commander- see ASKTOP.net article on 138 complaints.
4. Go see your physician explain what is happening and have them call the commander to discuss the issue or provide you with a note as to why this is inappropriate.

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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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  • Mona Miller


    When I was in bacis at fort Jackson I broke my ankle. I was placed in an expermental gel cast given crutches and returned to training. My friend tells me that would never happen you can not train while on crutches. She thinks I am not telling the truth. I contuned training with a no running profile. what I want you to answer is do people contune to train in a cast and on a profile.

    • Mark Gerecht


      Yes, training within the limits of your medical profile is authorized in the military

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