Nuggets to keep you informed
The Spanish version of the Battle Buddy APP is now a GO! Soldiers and Civilians can upload the APP on their personal iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Phone Stores.
By now, leaders are aware that NCO authority is derived from the commander’s authority (AR 600-20 Army Command Policy, para 2-1b), and that the commander may hold Soldiers and leaders accountable when that authority is abused or misused. The commander has many tools to address violations of regulation, policy, or procedure, the least of which may include counseling and/or associated corrective training.
AR 600-20 (para 2-18c (3)) states that, “NCOs are assistants to commanders in administering minor nonpunitive corrective actions.” The same paragraph states that nonpunitive measures (corrective actions) are not considered nonjudicial punishment. Corrective measures should assume the nature of training or instruction and should not be used as punishment.
When a leader is faced with a situation that they believe warrants corrective training (and not every situation does), a rule of thumb may include the following:
- The training, instruction, or correction given to a Soldier to correct deficiencies must be directly related to the deficiency.
- It must be oriented to improving the Soldier’s performance in his or her problem area.
- Corrective measures may be taken after normal duty hours but ensure the timing does not supersede a higher commander’s policy for duty day.
- Corrective training should continue only until the training deficiency is overcome.
If a Soldier fails the APFT push-up event, a reasonable number of repetitions of the push-up over a period of time may be warranted, but abdominal or cardiovascular exercises may not. Stripping and mopping the barracks or orderly room floors would not be an appropriate measure for a Soldier failing to appear for duty. Any act that demeans [i.e. hazing] or otherwise takes on the appearance of punishment [i.e. extra-duty, restriction] is not corrective training.
AR 600-20 (para 2-1c) c. Proper use of the chain of command is vital to the overall effectiveness of the Army….Effective communication between senior and subordinate Soldiers within the chain of command is crucial to the proper functioning of all units. Therefore, Soldiers will use the chain of command when communicating issues and problems to their leaders and commanders.
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response
Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser, 108th Training Command (IET) Commanding General, presents a 108th coin to Mr. Nick Philoctete, Victim Advocate for the 108th Training Command (IET) on Aug. 14, 2015, for his dedication and hard work in the SHARP Program.