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Does a Specialist Have to Obey the Orders of Another Specialist in a Leadership Position?

I am a specialist that has been placed as a team chief in a 20 level slot. I am having problems with one of my Soldiers bringing up my rank and failing to execute the taskings I put out. I have heard of position over rank but I am not sure where exactly I can find this on digits.

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Bottom line

If you were placed in the position you have the military authority to direct and supervise all Soldiers under your charge.


In accordance with AR 600-20 paragraph 2-19 you should be senior to the individual by date of rank (DOR).  If you are senior by date of rank the issue is cut and dry.

If however this individual is senior to you then TC 7-22.7 and aspects of AR 600-20 chapter 4 apply.  As I stated above if you are placed in a position of authority to execute the duties of that position the Soldiers under your charge are resquired to follow your directives as long as they are legal, ethical, moral.

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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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