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Should I pretend I didn’t see my E-6 push my E-5?

A few days ago my E-6 and E-5 got into a heated discussion. My E-6 pushed the E-5 and the E-5 told the E-6 "Don't you 'F'ing touch me again." Long story short the E-5 is getting an Article 15 for disrespect and the E-6 denied he pushed the E-5. What should I do?

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Obviously neither one of them acted appropriately. This is a situation where you have to ask yourself a simple question. If I was the E-5, would I want someone to explain what happened? Remember doing the right thing is sometimes tough. Is it fair for the E-5 to get an Article 15 for disrespect and the E-6 to walk for assaulting the E-5 and breaching his personal integrity? While I’m sure the last thing you want is more conflict, I believe the best action would be to inform the chain of command of what happened. Otherwise, you allow the chain of command to make a decision without all the facts, and allow a wrong to go unchecked.

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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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