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Can my Leadership become involved in my private or personal life?

Recently my leadership starting getting involved in my personal life and I think it is inappropriate. Can they do this?

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The real answer to this is: It depends!


There are limits to some personal information like medical issues.  The command may have the right to know certain information about you medically as it impacts your ability to perform but other than that your medical situation is very private and protected by certain laws.

Other Issues

Then there are situations that your Leadership can certainly become involved, should the Soldier allow the issue to enter the workplace. Some examples might  include: drugs, alcohol, domestic issues, affairs, inappropriate relationships, etc.  These items are punishable under the UCMJ and when brought to the attention of leadership they must take appropriate action.

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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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