Posted on Feb 5, 2014
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How do you go about correcting someone of a much higher rank (i.e. MAJ, etc.) or someone that obviously has more years of service than yourself? By corrections I'm referring to things like out of uniform, not illegal or immoral. Ex: someone was walking past me that was wearing a sweatshirt instead of ACU top (we were outside), or wearing covers indoors, etc. etc.
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SSG Oliver Mathews
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Respectfully... always... regardless for Rank. <br><br>Shortly after i arrived to the 173rd I saw a soldier walking away from the Battalion/DCO Building. He had a hand in his pocket and a phone to his ear. Of course i was a proud and energetic SPC at the time and Ran up behind him said "Hey Soldier you need to stop walking while on a phone and pull your hand out of your pocket"... <br><br>The soldier exused himself from the phone call momentarily and turned around. My luck... a Brigadier General. He commended me on doing the right thing. Shook my hand with a coin then went back to his phone call. Most awkward salute i have ever given... <br>
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SSG Armor Crew Member
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Exactly right way to handle it. Your job is to enforce the standard, and it doesn't matter who is falling below it. If you speak like the standards matter to you, and you are respectful regardless of rank, you shouldn't have any problems making corrections to anybody. If they have a problem being corrected by a subordinate, they simply have problems.
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SGT Charles Tittl
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Had a guy at Fitzsimons AMC spot the CSM with the tail of his class B shirt sticking out of the zipper of his trousers. The hard charging SPC walked up to him and said "Excuse me CSM, are you trolling for gays?"
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Sgt Dale Briggs
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Lol, that takes balls.
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SSG George Holtje
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Was the response “on the spot corrections are the responsibility of every soldier, tact is a keen sense of what to say in order to maintain good relations with others. In other words, you just stepped on your crank...front leaning test position! MOVE!!!
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MSgt Ncoic, Facility Management & Data Analysis
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What I learned from J.A.G. is that as long as you preface your statement with "with all due respect" you can say anything. :)
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TSgt Allen McGuire
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Not true. Just because you preface your statement with "with all due respect" does not give you the right to then disrespect the person. For instance, "with all due respect you're an asshole." Not going to work.
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MSgt Ncoic, Facility Management & Data Analysis
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TSgt Allen McGuire - Like I said, "What I learned from [a TV show]...."

Check for humor before correcting someone on the internet.
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