Posted on Apr 20, 2015
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OTS has been covered, but I want to know if you have ever been corrected for correcting someone with more rank, whether they were wrong or right. What is your the story?
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I actually corrected a LTC on a uniform issue last week. I simply pulled him to the side and tactfully informed him of what was incorrect. I got a "thank you" for my efforts and we drove on. Likewise I had a SSG a few months back correct me on a unit SOP I wasn't tracking. It was a polite conversation, I fixed myself and we moved on with life.

I'm of the line of thinking that your rank doesn't make you right or impervious to correction. Your rank only indicates the amount of responsibility and authority you have. I would much rather one of my troops help me fix myself than walk around looking like an idiot. Furthermore, I would suggest leaders who get offended by this adjust their perspective. Those troops in most cases are simply trying to support their leadership.
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Well said, CPT! No one wants to be the "emperor with no clothes," literally or figuratively! We all represent our military organizations no matter the rank. Leaders should expect the highest level of scrutiny from others and should hold ourselves to the highest standards.
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I'm taking the "Responsibility and Authority" comment with me forever. That line is pure gold and should be adopted in every NCOES and Unit.
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SGT(P) Michael H.
SGT(P) Michael H.
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I will not make any other comment here, as you stated the obvious truth quite eloquently, CPT Goenner. Thank you for your continued service, and have a Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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CAPT Kevin B.
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Seniors should appreciate corrections, especially done in private. I appreciated it. Shipmates take care of each other. That said, sometimes an entire officer staff comes to the rescue. We had a Sunday blues inspection at Treasure Island. Problem was the Regimental Commander forgot his tie and there was no place within miles to get one.

So everyone was at the inspection, no exceptions. The Skipper had a tie. Interesting thing was the Ensign at the end of the line was proudly wearing a black sock stapled to his shirt. The Skipper complimented him on looking so sharp. So turning an oopsie into a unit event was the best.
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Col Emergency Physician/Hospitalist
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Love it! Thanks for sharing!
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SSG Warren Hall
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Only once. I did however shut a CSM up once while getting an on the spot correction. While at Ft. Bliss/McGregor Range for our train up for Iraq, I ran across a CSM while comming back from the PX, I had bags in each hand and my weapon draped across my chest with a two-point sling. She called me from across the street and asked me how I was supposed to carry my weapon while on McGregor Range, which indeed was supposed to be at the ready, which because of the two-point sling, basically was. Well I answered her question and she continued to lecture me on the proper way to carry my weapon in a hostile combat zone. As she was speaking I kept seeing a (for lack of another word) gleam coming from her mouth as she spoke. Eventually I noticed that this gleam was a tongue piercing. As soon as I noticed this, I politely asked her if I could speak, she said yes, and I told her, "With all do respect, Sgt Major, before you correct me on the proper way to carry my weapon, you might consider taking the tongue ring out of your mouth". She promptly told me to carry on, and went on her way. I was actually surprised, because I figured I was going to get my ass completely chewed off after saying that, by her and my command. I did the OSC with the utmost respect, and was not angry when I said it, keeping my composure.
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CMSgt James Nolan
CMSgt James Nolan
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SSG Warren Hall HAHAHAHAHA. That just made my entire night. WOW. I have not seen tongue rings in uniform since I was attending Intel School, and encountered an A1C in line at the chow hall. I told her that she could take herself and her tongue ring out of "my" chow hall and come back after she squared herself away. Unbelievable that someone would wear that, in uniform.....on a training base no-less.
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SSG Warren Hall
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Some people are just stupid that way. LOL
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