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What can I do with a Soldier who refuses to finish her medication?

I have a Soldier who was prescribed antibiotics but quit taking them prior to finishing. Can I order her not to consume alcoholic beverages for the remainder of our AT?

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What can I do with a Soldier who refuses to take their perscription?The doctor prescribed medication to correct an issue. Failing to follow the doctor’s order is failing to follow an order and if she gets sick again she has caused herself injury. Either way both actions are most likely punishable under UCMJ. You mentioned AT so I am assuming you are Guard or Reserve. Was the doctor a civilian or military doctor? If he was a civilian, you need to send her to a military doctor as the military usually does not recognize civilian orders. The military doctor will then put limitations into a profile. If it was a military doctor the prescription is an order!

Drinking is a privilege that can be revoked by the commander. The commander could revoke her drinking privileges during the AT period, especially if it has adverse effects on her body as a result of the medication she was ordered to take.

You could give the Soldier a counseling statement and order her to continue taking the medication. If she states the medication is making her sick, send her back to sick-call. You can recommend in the counseling that the commander suspend alcohol privileges as well. You can also state that failure to obey an order is punishable under UCMJ

You might want to run this by your JAG as well.

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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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