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Micromanagement of Company Personnel

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The Combat Skills department is responsible for the training of all newly assigned enlisted personnel. The training is surrounded by four main combat skills, Land Navigation, Combatives, Basic Trauma Management, and Weapons training. The commander had specifically stated that during the course of this training, if waterborne operations were to be used during training that he must be aware of such training and he would personally approve all waterborne operations. The current class was conducting a team building exercise when one of the Combat Skills instructors instructed the lead students in column formation to enter a road rut that was filled with approximately two feet of water. Before the platoon sergeant or myself could stop the engagement of the water obstacle half the class had entered the rut that contained the water. The end result of this event resulted in a soldier going to the hospital for a mild case of frostbite. Of course, anytime a soldier is admitted to the hospital the command must be informed as part of the commanders CCIR. I knew if the commander found out that an instructor initiated the entry of the students into the water filled rut that he would have wanted the platoon sergeant replaced. I told the platoon sergeant and the instructors that I would handle this incident and would inform the commander that a student had initiated the entry into the water and it was the platoon sergeant and instructors that halted the rest of the students from entering the water. I made an ethical decision not to tell the commander what really happened due to the fact that the platoon sergeant was an outstanding NCO and the commander never saw what he or his instructors did on a daily basis.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History

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