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Can my spouse speak with my commander on open door policy?

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Yes, your spouse can seek an audience with the commander on open door policy.  However, it is totally up to the commander if they will speak with them.  They have no official obligation to speak with them.  It would be in my opinion, a poor decision by the commander not to speak with the spouse.

Keep in mind that you are responsible for your spouse and their behavior. Should a spouse become unprofessional with a member of the chain of command there are several actions the chain of command can take to include:  banding them from the unit area, requesting the garrison restrict or limit certain on post privileges, in overseas locations they can be returned to the states, and in extremely rare situations I have seen a Soldier receive an Article 15 for the actions of their spouse.

Usually when a spouse desires to speak with the Commander it concerns a grievance or complaint.  In these situations, they should be able to clearly identify the issue, able to present a reasonable solution, be calm, unemotional, factual as they address the situation.  Keep in mind most leaders will take action to resolve problems as they also want what is best for the unit, their Soldiers, and Family members.

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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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