Posted on Feb 23, 2016
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I had a DS whose name tape was upside down and no one said anything. After a formation I went up with a battle buddy, outside of platoon ears and said (at parade rest) "Drill Sergeant; I didn't know if anyone pointed out, but your name tape is upside down." He bellowed to the rest of the platoon "WHO THE F-- SAW MY NAME TAPE AND DIDNT SAY SH--". I stood at parade rest watching a lot of collective push-ups. Only time I ever had a DS use the words "Carry on, Private." with any kind of gratitude. Got all tingly inside.
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SGT Brandon Culpepper
SGT Brandon Culpepper
3 mo
Outstanding man.
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Cpl Beau King
Cpl Beau King
2 mo
I was a CPL in the Marines at the time. While walking to the taco truck, I saw what I thought was a younger "Marine" walking around with a hand in his pocket and talking on his cell phone. The @sshole nco in my came out and I yelled "hey Marine, get your f**cking hand out of your pocket!" They "Marine" ended up being a Navy Chaplain and I felt like a huge POS for cursing at not only an officer but a Chaplain nonetheless
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Guess I'm not the only one to have this occur. I was walking into Battalion HQ around 10 AM and saw the CSM walking towards myself and the door. I noticed something wasn't right and it clicked the Name badge was upside down. I went to Parade Rest, the CSM said "At Ease" and I then asked him if we can speak privately for a moment. We went into a conference room and I proceed to inform him his name badge was upside down, in a calm, respectful manner, which is why I asked to speak privately. He looked down and said "SOB, I sat through that whole meeting and not one of the Command Staff said a thing." I replied " That's because you scare them, CSM" You frighten me too but, it is a manner of respect that I needed to approach you to help correct the situation, so as not to cause you any embarrassment or tarnish your image in the eyes of the Battalion. I've seen how soldiers make fun of everyone in the unit unfortunately, it starts from some of the Officers and senior NCOs publicly correcting certain situations without regard to who is around. He, thanked me for properly correcting the situation and realized how it happened. He had draped his top over a chair and placed the Nametape while it was hanging upside down, not realizing. For a while afterward, if he saw me, he would look down to make sure it was on right side up. He taught me a lot about being an NCO.
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1stSgt Eugene Harless - I think his DS made the appropriate response to it.
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Is this right forum to admit when I was a PFC/SPC I used to walk around, ate up with hands in my pockets just to make the NCOs go ballistic? Fond memories.
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SSG Jim Blunt
SSG Jim Blunt
2 mo
PO3 Donald Murphy - Ate up with a case of the dumb-ass!
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CPT Carlos Ribadeneira
CPT Carlos Ribadeneira
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SPC Thomas Kosakowski I do the same. I always put my hands behind my back as if I was standing at-ease.
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LCpl Sidney Green
LCpl Sidney Green
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Which begs the question: if you knew then what you know now, would you have done things differently?
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SPC Thomas Kosakowski
SPC Thomas Kosakowski
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old habits are hard to break. I respected the people I worked with , including the"O's", I would not say anything That would be misinterpreted.
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Yea. But it's more like " Psst. SGT your, your boot lace." And then I stick em with a thumbs up.

They need positive reinforcement too.
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SSG Ricky Johnson
SSG Ricky Johnson
4 mo
Sometimes it's better to say in private to a new 2LT, watch, listen, and learn. Pulling stupid tricks on them can embarrass them to the point of ruining what could be a perfectly good NCO/OFFICER relationship, even for future NCOs. Respect is what we all strive for. If after a year or two, he still don't get it, have an NCO call with the 1SG, so he and the Commander can assist the young Lieutenant.
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CSM Thomas McNamara
CSM Thomas McNamara
2 mo
We've all run into officers who hated NCOs or were down on them. In my experience, those officers were "ruined" by poor NCOs in their first or early years as officers. Our job is to train our soldiers, and officers are soldiers first. Regardless of your rank, or the rank of those around you, if you see something wrong, you owe it to the individual to quietly say something without anyone else hearing you. With all the leaders and coworkers, military and civilian, I worked with, we would check each other out, point out discrepancies and, if asked, correct them. If you let it go, you have set a new standard or set someone up for humiliation. CSM(R) Tom McNamara
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PO1 Kevin Dougherty
PO1 Kevin Dougherty
2 mo
One of the four most dangerous things you can hear is a butter bar saying "Based on my experience...." That will almost never turn out well.
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SFC Mike K
SFC Mike K
1 mo
i used to intentionally wear something misaligned or even on the opposite side so that someone in my class would correct me, then i would ask why nobody else said anything. i told them it doesn't matter what rank the "violator" is as long as you tactfully corrected them and stood at the proper position, (attention or parade rest). i had one correct a CSM and then was called to said CSM's office with my PSG and 1SG. He thanked me for teaching the young Soldiers how to properly correct someone who out ranked them.
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