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Can My Unit Stop Me From Attending BLC?

I Am an E4(P) and my section NCOIC counseled me, stating he will not send me to BLC because my wife is currently being investigated by civilian Child protective services. I am not being investigated nor am I flagged. Otherwise I am fully promotable. If I had gone to BLC I would have made points this month. What can I do? Is he doing anything wrong? Advice?

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Based on the information you provided I do not believe the unit can stop you from attending BLC.


If you are not flagged or otherwise inedible for BLC (example on profile, fail to meet any standard required for BLC). You cannot be stopped from attending BLC.

However, they may be concerned that if CPS takes your children you would be recalled from BLC wasting a slot.  If this is the case, I believe the decision may be appropriate.

Things to Consider

1. Use your chain of command up to and including the CSM and Battalion Commander. If they give you an answer that clearly follows a regulation then you have your answer.
2. Should you not be satisfied you can contact the IG and/or JAG for assistance.
3. If you are not allowed to go to BLC and the decision is not based on regulation or fact you can consider filing an article 138 against your commander. Here is a link that explains the Article 138: https://asktop.net/articles/25189/

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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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