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What Can I Do if a Soldier is Disruptive Towards Neighbors Off Post?

I'm not sure if you can help me, but maybe you can steer me in the right direction. My parents are living next door to a military person who lives off post. The sheriff has been called numerous times by neighbors as well as my parents with several concerns. Is there anything the military can do to provide support to the neighbors?

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Short Answer

It all depends upon why law enforcement is being called- but Yes the Commander can take action.



The Command can counsel the individual and potentially pursue UCMJ charges, if the Soldier is the one causing the issues.

Family Member

If it is a family member, there is not anything the military can do.

Contact the Command

If nothing else, the parents can contact the Soldiers command and make an inquiry.

If the Soldier is causing these problems, odds are they have other disciplinary issues within the unit.

What Rank is Causing the Problem

Then there is also the issue of what rank the Soldier is. If it’s an officer, a call to the Command will most likely take care of it. If it’s an NCO (Sergeant), the same could be true. If it’s junior enlisted, the issues may involve other Soldiers in the unit also.

Special thanks to ECK our Legal SME for helping us out on this one.


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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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