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Can my unit force Soldier to make or provide cookies for a Unit Organziational Day?

I just received an email containing an OPORD for a Battalion Org Day. My shop was tasked with providing cookies for the entire Battalion (over 700 PAX). Can my leadership do this? I was under the impression that units cannot require soldiers to expend funds for these types of events. They may WANT us to provide cookies but can they MAKE me provide cookies? Thank you

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Great Question!

Short Answer

Based on the information you provided the unit CANNOT require any Soldier to expend funds especially for an organizational day.


The unit can have Soldiers make the cookies if it is during normal duty hours and the UNIT PROVIDES the materials; otherwise this is both illegal and unethical. It is possible to buy the required ingredients out of unit funds. The goal here would be to find a legal and ethical way to achieve the desired goal. Work with senior leadership to find a solution rather than a this is a NOGO you cant make me do it….after all ORG DAY is about team work.

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