Have you ever seen an NCO put an officer in his or her place?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 19, 2020 05:31 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 19, 2020 05:31 PM

I did it myself on several occasions during my 27 years service. Almost every time, however, it was in a situation where there were a limited number of witnesses.

While working undercover as an Engineer Platoon Sergeant in the 9th Engineers in Achaffenburg, Germany, I was once hauled up in front of the company commander, a Captain, by a 2nd Lieutenant claiming I was insubordinate for something I had said to him privately. It was a “he said-he said” situation. The Lieutenant told his side of the story and then I told mine. The Captain, who I had broken in when he was a Lieutenant, told the Lieutenant that I was in the right and not insubordinate and that if he ever heard the Lieutenant rejecting my advice in the future, he would find himself getting the worst possible annual Efficiency Report ever given to an officer by his Commander in the history of the United States Army, which would jeopardize his promotion to 1st Lieutenant.

So he got put in his place twice, once by a Senior NCO and then by his Company Commander.

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