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Is my corrective training too harsh?

I am an NCO. I showed up to work 8 minutes late. This is the first time I have been late. My corrective training is to show up at the company from 1830-2300 and "do what I am told." Isn't this too harsh for a first offense? They put it on a 4856. If it is corrective training, why is it on a 4856? To top if off, the length of my corrective training is undetermined. Is this right?

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You have raised several questions. I have outlined them and provided answers below.

Is it too harsh?

This is hard to for me to determine because this is a judgment call on the part of the leader. If it is truly your first offense it might be harsh, but then again I do not have any of the specifics surrounding the situation. What was the mission? What were the consequences of being late? Your leader is probably trying to get your attention and make sure you realize that FTR is a serious offense.

Should the corrective training be put on a 4856?

The best way to ensure the training is understood and executed to standard is to document the requirements on a 4856. Your leader was correct (in my opinion) to to place the information on a 4856.

Should the length of corrective training  be undetermined?

Again, your leader is correct as corrective training is to be conducted until the substandard performance has been corrected.

Show up and “do what you are told”

As an NCO, you are typically only to be given supervisory duties. You should not be given duties that demean you or your position, especially in the presence of subordinates.

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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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