As a NCO, I found myself correcting officers, young soldiers and peers on basic uniform wear and appearance. While the younger troops where more willing to fix themselves, those that outranked me, mostly officers, had an issue with it. I am tactful, for the most part. So, my questions are: 1. If you are an officer, do you know what the regulations are for wear and appearance of the uniform you and your Soldiers wear? If so, have you ever corrected your peers? And for my enlisted folks, do you correct other Soldiers, regardless of their rank, tactfully? Why or why not?
Posted 8 y ago
I am usually living out of a suitcase so I appreciate someone pointing out that my collar is acting up or I have a shoulder patch gone rogue. It really doesn't matter who points it out - but the HOW totally matters. <div><br></div><div>Comments that rub me the wrong way are anything along the lines of asking if I am aware of the regs (your question: "<span style="color: rgb(77, 77, 77); font-size: 12px;"> If you are an officer, do you know what the regulations are for wear and appearance of the uniform?"). You may think you are being tactful, but there is no possible way to "tactfully" imply that a) I don't know the regs and b) I am intentionally trailing a boot lace as some form of fashion statement. <br></span></div><div><span style="color: rgb(77, 77, 77); font-size: 12px;"><br></span></div><div><font color="#4d4d4d"><span style="font-size: 12px;">If you approach people (rank immaterial) with the idea that whatever is wrong is an honest mistake, and that your assistance in correcting the issue will be welcome, you will probably get a better reaction.</span></font></div>
Officers who have an issue with fixing themselves with regard to the wear and appearance of their uniform probably need an attituted adjustment. I know the regs and have corrected my peers, individuals who outrank me (once a TAC Officer when I was in OCS and I'll admit that was a little terrifying, but he took it well) and my Soldiers. If approached tactfully, usually everyone appreciate the correction. I know a lot of LTs, however, who wouldn't take it well if an NCO tried to correct them... that's the wrong answer. If I accidentally have something wonky going on with my unifrom and a PV2 points it out, I'm happy to fix it and respect their willingness to correct me.
So this morning while waiting for a weigh in and PT I had my hands in the pockets of my PT pants. 1SG came up and said, "Are your hands cold sir?"
"Negative 1SG" was all I could say as I took my hands out of my pockets. I was wrong, nothing more to say about that.
I've heard others use the term "victim-less crime" when it comes to enforcing standards they don't like (a big one is use of tobacco in buildings which is covered in AR 600-63), but if you're sending the wrong message, it's not a victim-less crime.
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