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Can My Chain of Command Order Me to Clean the Inside of My Car?

Does my CoC have the right to tell me to clean the inside of my car? It is my personal property.

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Yes! Under certain circumstances.


If the Command legitimately determines that the condition of the vehicle is a safety issue, then yes, the Command may order the Soldier to clean the car before operating it.

No different than a safety inspection prior to a long weekend or taking leave. If there is so much trash in the vehicle that some of it could slide under his feet while driving or a fire start from a cigarette ash, then absolutely. It all revolves around safety.

The Command cannot FORCE him to clean his car or punish him for not cleaning the car. However, they can order him not to operate or allow the car to be operated until it passes a safety inspection. Should the Soldier disobey the order, then the Soldier can be punished for disobeying an order.

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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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