During a busy Mascal training exercise, my soldier and I were put on separate teams and taskings. His involved getting undressed to PT shorts and a tan Tshirt and climbing into a decon suit. It was pointed out to me by two fellow NCOs that he was wearing a military style tan tshirt with a massive blood drive emblem on the front. The blood drive was one on post that didn't have to do with our unit in particular. After a thorough tongue lashing, his only defense was that the people at the drive said he could wear it in uniform. Is this authorized in any way?
Posted >1 y ago
I wouldnt lose any sleep over this event. We do a lot of things that are not authorized by 670-1 but nobody says anything because someone higher blesses off on it. For example cat eyes on PCs, Tabs over the rank on PC, the black hats worn by Airborne Instructors. Unit shirts are the same but generally allowed to try and raise morale and usually worn as part of a dictated uniform. Sounds like this particular shirt was just for one function, now you know and he knows. I wouldnt even do counseling, if we counselled a SM everytime he did something stupid we wouldnt have any time left to run around in the woods doing our jobs.
Did he complete the mission (I assume he did)? Since you made the correction, don't dwell on it, continue to prepare yourself and your Soldiers for your wartime mission. If he has a pattern of pushing the limits, then conduct the appropriate counseling, but in the grand scheme of things this is a very minor thing - you took action already so move forward to the next mission.
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