Posted on Oct 13, 2017
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It's 1800 and you just get off work. You let your subordinates go at 1600. You text them reminding them of a personnel inspection tomorrow morning. Your E4 tells you that they "don't need to deal with you outside of working hours" and not to "contact them outside of 0600-1600".

How do you handle this?
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SCPO Jason McLaughlin
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This seems like a perfect opportunity for 8 hours of EMI (Extra Military Instruction). I do believe that mustering with the OOD at 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100, and 2145 (right before taps), in a different uniform, for 4 days straight, might teach the individual what defines working hours, and proper interaction with seniors.
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CPL M Miller
CPL M Miller
8 mo
SGM(P) (Join to see) - plenty of time for that at 1700,1800,1900,2000, then at 2100 ask what can be done in the future to insure this behavior will NEVER happen again. Then at 2145. be sure it is understood and why we render salutes at TAPS. At every hr. inspection have a 15 min speech ready to read while inspecting as part of the training. ( or have them read it to you while inspecting them, reminding them of the error of their ways and the regulations pertaining to such)
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CPO Lou Oliver
CPO Lou Oliver
7 mo
Amn (Join to see) - Having worked on an air base manner by 0-5 bus drivers, I understand your point of view. However in the military, where you may need to respond fast, because lives are on the line, there is no room for back talk.
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CPO Wesley Mace
CPO Wesley Mace
7 mo
Nice to see this is still being done
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SPC Edvard Svanoe
SPC Edvard Svanoe
5 mo
SCPO Jason McLaughlin - When I served 73-76 we had a boot that tried and failed to kill himself.... he was out in front the next morning when our P'toon Sargent informed us that if anyone had such aspirations they should say something, as he had a manual on how to do so SUCCESSFULLY, 17 different ways, instead of being a FAILURE! The boot got re-cycled so I never knew what happened to him.
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SFC Detachment Sergeant/1 Sg
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I'd respond to this, but then words like "premeditated" would start getting thrown around in court.
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LCpl Darrell J. Farley Jr.
LCpl Darrell J. Farley Jr.
11 mo
LCpl Steve Smith they’ve obviously never been on a Marine Base!!!
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LCpl Darrell J. Farley Jr.
LCpl Darrell J. Farley Jr.
11 mo
MSG GregoryT Majewski in my day we would have been given membership to the 6-9 Club, scrubbing the Ladder Wells and the Head with a toothbrush!
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SGT Lee McLean
SGT Lee McLean
11 mo
You’re my kinda NCO
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LCpl Freedom A.
LCpl Freedom A.
11 mo
YES PREMEDITATED MURDER, OR YOU CAN DO HIM LIKE JACK NICHOLSON GIVE HIM A "CODE RED", OR SINCE WHITE NATIONALISTS GROUPS OR PART OF MY OUTSTANDING MILITARY MORE SPECIFICALLY MY COURAGEOUS MARINE CORPS, THEY CAN BE FOUND HANGING SUPICIOUSLY FROM STARBOARD!!!! tHAT WILL TEACH THEM TO RESPOND TO A TEXT MESSAGE WITH SO LITTLE DISREGARD TO YOUR ELITE OFFICIAL STATUS.
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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I would put them on duty from 0400-0000 to see how they like those working hours.
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SFC Scott Higgins
SFC Scott Higgins
10 mo
SPC Timothy Coleman - You are correct. some do delight in harassing juniors that should not be the norm. In the original question though, why would the subordinate not want to know about an upcoming inspection and respond in such a fashion. It is disrespectful as I feel in this instance the NCO was trying to help, not harass the subordinate. I would probably have a discussion with that particular individual and let them know that the service is voluntary and they are committed to any duty assigned. If that didn't work, then extra training would be required and if necessary disciplinary action - but only as a last resort.
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SSG David Stafne
SSG David Stafne
10 mo
What part of “being a Soldier 24/7” doesn’t he understand? Hell, I worked as the BN Intel NCO when I was discharged, the BN Command Staff was contacting me 3 months after Discharge and my S-2 over 6 months after Discharge. I never missed a call or failed to return a call!
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SGT Herbert Bollum
SGT Herbert Bollum
4 mo
Those were my working hours for a good share of my time in Germany as an E-5 with no personnel left in my section to get the work of the day accomplished.
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SGT Jim Wiseman
SGT Jim Wiseman
1 mo
SSG David Stafne - I was the unit armorer and the way I had established not only Company SOP's for the arms room, but Brigade (the unit was stood up after moving from Hood to Carson and a little leg work for the BN S-2 secured QWASAS paperwork, which allowed for the storage of unused or ammo secured for ranges to be stored in the armories, negating the necessity for 24 hour guards), I was being contacted after my ETS by my former XO. I knew he needed answers so I would answer or return calls ASAP.
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