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Can my commander order me to pay for a civilian firearms course?

I had an accidental discharge happen while getting ready to clean my personal firearm I was counseled and it stated that my company commander is forcing me to pay for a civilian firearm course or face an Article 15. My question is, can he do that?

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I received the following response from our Legal SME:

No. The commander cannot force him to take a civilian course or make him pay for it. If the discharge happened off base then the commander has no jurisdiction. If it happened in on base housing the PMO would most likely have cited him.

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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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