Posted on Feb 14, 2021
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Is there a regulation on this kind of stuff. I understand that a duty must be preformed such as CQ and Staff Duty. However in my mind it’s very dangerous to have soldiers who live 15+ minutes away from post to preform such duties when they can have someone who lives on base preform it. And have their duties switched up. Is there any regulation on this.
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It's your turn it's your turn. How much do you hate it when you get same day notice of a 24 hr duty? Now make it soley because you live in the barracks. That's messed up. That's why joe makes horrible marriage decisions to get out of the barracks. You wouldn't give those icy roads a second thought to drive 15 minutes to bang your favorite porn star, but you need to get to work and all of a sudden it's holy risk assessment batman!
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CPL Joseph Elinger
CPL Joseph Elinger
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I got pulled into Asst CQ last minute (after returning from vacation) because the man assigned that day was given a pass (for reenlistment).
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CPL Joseph Elinger
CPL Joseph Elinger
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
My Plt Sgt advised me to keep a bottle of beer in the fridge for breath incase anyone knocks after hours.
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PFC Scott Clough
PFC Scott Clough
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Was in the same situation. Lived in barracks and every time someone failed to show for duty, they would come knocking on the doors. My fellow roommates and I each had a half filled beer to all have in hand whenever opening the door. Barrack rats were always getting the short end of the stick with extra duties on weekend and evenings. While the guys who went home off-base just never answered their phones. But that was the army life. You learned to live with it and adapt.
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SFC Roe Fran
SFC Roe Fran
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PFC Scott Clough - good soldier
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SSG Dale London
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It isn't a regulation it's the law - the UCMJ. It is an offense for you to be absent from duty without leave. The law makes no allowance for weather.
So, legally, yes. You can be required to travel through dangerous conditions to report for duty. Your authority to live off base will necessarily be conditioned on your being available on time. If you are supposed to be on duty and you fail to report without permission (regardless of the reason) you are AWOL.
Now for the reality check. What you ought to do if you are at home off post and you believe that travelling would be dangerous, call your PSG, TL or whomever you answer to. Let them know LONG BEFORE you are required to be on duty or as soon as you discover you will not be able to make it in on time. Let them know the situation with as much lead time as possible so they can sort out a replacement for you if necessary.
Any NCO worth his salt will take extenuating circumstances into account so long as you do not have a history of malingering or being a discipline problem. Adjustments can be made so long as they have time to do so especially as they need to let the COC know if they have given you permission to either miss duty or report late.
Best solution: if you see the weather turning bad and you suspect that it may interfere with your ability to report on time, grab your A & B bags and go to your unit while you can. Bed down there while weather is still permitting. It may be a pain in the ass but you should score some major brownie points for taking initiative and being reliable. You will also avoid pissing off your boss -- which is always a good thing.
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SSG Dale London
SSG Dale London
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To quote SFC Jack Stewart, my drill sergeant (from way back in 1980): "The maximum effective range of an excuse is zero meters." I held that as axiomatic and never fell into the trap of trying to "explain" my way out of trouble.
It sounds like your husband understands that principle too. Well done, him!
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LTJG Sandra Smith
LTJG Sandra Smith
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That happens to officers too, and sometimes with far less notice.
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CPL Joseph Elinger
CPL Joseph Elinger
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You need to call in 1st to Staff Duty NCO / Officer. They'll update & advice you.
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SSG Dale London
SSG Dale London
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CPL Joseph Elinger - Actually, the SDNCO has no control over the roster. The most they can do is note your absence and call your 1SG for a replacement -- landing you in very hot water. Instead call somebody in your NCO support chain who can fill your slot with somebody else BEFORE the SDNCO calls the 1SG, thus avoiding the storm that would follow your failing to report for duty.
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MAJ Byron O.
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Does the enemy stop when the weather gets scary? Is it fair to the soldier that lives closer to duty location to pull someone's duty that does not live so close? As a leader I would suggest to the soldier that is concerned about driving in weather to see if someone lives closer would be willing to switch. Each soldier made decisions on where to live and that does not change duty requirements. I drove 90 miles in snow and rain today because of my paramedic job. People still need help and I am the one that chose this profession. The only regulation that exists in regard to your question is command authority, nothing is written that automatically gets you out of duty in bad weather.
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Maj Gail Lofdahl
Maj Gail Lofdahl
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My father-in-law fought in WWII with Patton's Third Army. At least you have a vehicle; they had to march through the blizzards!
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CW3 Kevin Storm
CW3 Kevin Storm
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I have driven 700 miles from College Station, TX to El Paso. If Snuffy can't handle some bad weather, move him back in the barracks. Issue solved.
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