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Disciplinary Action

 

Discipline is the foundation of any army and without proper discipline the army wont perform efficiently which can lead to more serious problems like desertion or even disbanding. Because of the importance of discipline our soldiers are taught from the day they join that there is a Chain of Command they have to follow, they have to follow orders from superiors and they have to take punishments.

This document will explain the types of Disciplinary Actions that can be taken against a soldier in case they break rules and regulations and how they should react to these actions. There are 2 types of Disciplinary Actions we use in this unit which are Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions and Punitive Disciplinary Actions.

 

Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions

 

Soldiers who misbehave, break minor unit rules and regulations, disturb other personnel or cause minor difficulties will be disciplined with Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions. Soldiers allowed to issue Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions are Fireteam Leaders and above (Soldiers who serve in some sort of leadership position).

These Disciplinary Actions WILL NOT be recorded on a soldiers Personnel File. Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions are utilized in a way to improve a soldiers behavior and discipline, and never solely to degrade a soldier because of personal of professional differences. There are several types of Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions and they will be described below.


Verbal Warnings / Corrections


Verbal warnings or corrects are mostly issued by Fireteam Leaders and Squad Leaders to improve the behavior of soldiers who are not yet completely familiar with all unit rules and regulations. Corrections can be about Military Courtesy, wrong or missing MOS gear and other. Warnings on the other hand are issued for repeated mistakes or more advanced issues like disobeying orders which if repeated will escalate to another type of Non Punitive Disciplinary Action or a Punitive one.


"Up-Downs"


For repeated mistakes or advanced issues that couldn't just be corrected with a verbal warning a soldier will be given a order to do "Up-downs". Up-downs are basically push ups but due to the limitations of the game our soldiers can't follow proper form so they will have to get down on the ground and stand up and count how many they did out loud. That's where the name "Up-downs" comes from. This Disciplinary Action is designed to single out soldiers who are repeatedly doing mistakes or are given too many warnings and explain to them what they did wrong while they are performing their up-downs. It might seem harsh that soldiers are being singled out and almost ridiculed but they are the one at fault for repeatedly doing mistakes so they fully deserve it.


Extra Duties


If a soldier persist in their mistakes but they are still disciplined enough to go through their disciplinary measures they can be assigned Extra Duties, which can include running ammo around the base, staying in training longer, performing tasks for their superiors (grabbing extra gear for them) and others. This is the last resort to see if the soldier starts understanding what their mistakes are. If the soldier persists in his mistakes the next step would be Punitive Disciplinary Actions or a Discharge from the unit.

 

Reacting to Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions

 

As a soldier in this unit there is a high chance that you will be disciplined for a minor or major mistake and therefor you should know how to react to these disciplinary actions. To help you get through these situations there is a list of things you should remember below:

  1. NEVER apologize for your mistake (unless asked)
  2. DO NOT explain why you did what you did (unless asked)
  3. DO NOT argue with the person issuing the disciplinary action
  4. After receiving your punishment say "Yes RANK Lastname" to the person issuing it
  5. Complete your punishment and continue with your duties


This list can seem as a very submissive way of reacting when you think you are not at fault but it is VERY important that you stick to it nevertheless. You should never apologize for your mistake because no one wants to hear a apology, they want to see results so best thing to do is be quiet and not repeat your mistake. Explaining what you did wrong is another bad thing to due because again no one wants to hear your reasons they only want to see you performing good and they will tell you how to do so. Arguing with the person issuing the disciplinary action is only going to escalate it to direct disobeying of orders which can lead up to a dishonorable discharge so NEVER attempt to argue.

These disciplinary actions are as said previously designed to discipline you, teach you what you did was wrong, and teach you how to do it correctly. Doing them without questioning or apologizing will make you look like a very disciplined soldier who wants to be the best, and not as a weak soldier who is just trying to find excuses for his own failures.

 

Punitive Disciplinary Actions

 

Soldiers who break unit rules and regulations, disobey orders or abandon their duties will be disciplined with Punitive Disciplinary Actions. Soldiers who are allowed to issue Punitive Disciplinary Actions are Platoon Command and above, so if they happen on squad level they should be immediately reported to Platoon Command, or if absent Company Command.

These Disciplinary Actions WILL be recorded on a soldiers Personnel File. Punitive Disciplinary Actions are utilized in a way to punish soldiers for their mistakes and to teach them that there are consequences for their actions. These Disciplinary Actions should never be used for mistakes that warrant Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions. If Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions do fail, Punitive ones will be given. There are several stages of Punitive Disciplinary Actions that will be explained in order from minor to major.


Time in Grade Suspension


Time in Grade is a soldiers complete time in their current rank (LOA's and E-LOA's are substracted from this time). This Time in Grade is required to progress in the unit and as such it is a valuable thing to a soldier. Soldiers who disobey orders, abandon their duties or cause other issues of this type can be given a Time in Grade suspension which will hold them at their current rank for a longer time because they are deemed unfit for a promotion due to their disciplinary issues. This extra time required to get promoted should be used by the soldier to improve their behavior and discipline and work on being a better soldier. If soldier persists in his misconduct a higher disciplinary action can be taken.


Promotion Suspension


Promotion suspensions can be issued to soldiers who have bigger disciplinary issues and are deemed unfit for a promotion for extended periods of time. This disciplinary action when issued will freeze the current Time in Grade of the soldier and will remain active until the soldier proves to have fixed their disciplinary or behavioral issues. Once deemed fit to progress again the disciplinary action will be lifted and additional Time in Grade suspension could be assigned to soldier (In case soldier was close to their maximum time in grade before the promotion suspension).


Demotion


Demotions can be issued to soldiers who have major disciplinary issues or severely abandoned their duties and responsibilities. Platoon Command is allowed to demote a soldier by 1 pay grade (1 rank) while Company Command is allowed to demote soldiers to any pay grade they deem necessary. This disciplinary action is a last resort to see if the soldier can be retrained and disciplined properly to again progress in the unit and achieve a higher rank.

 

Reacting to Non Punitive Disciplinary Actions

 

Soldiers who are issued Punitive Disciplinary Actions are usually soldier who have issues with other unit members or other troubles. As such they should still follow a simple set of instructions on how to react to getting disciplined. It is especially important that when you receive such a punishment that you remain calm and mature to show your superiors that you realize your mistake and that you will improve yourself. Here are the instructions:

  1. NEVER apologize for your mistake (unless asked)
  2. DO NOT explain why you did what you did (unless asked)
  3. DO NOT argue with the person issuing the disciplinary action
  4. After receiving your punishment say "Yes RANK Lastname" to the person issuing it
  5. Complete your punishment and continue with your duties


This list can seem as a very submissive way of reacting when you think you are not at fault but it is VERY important that you stick to it nevertheless. You would not be given this kind of punishment if you were behaving as a disciplined soldier would, so take your punishment maturely, improve yourself and fix your mistakes. Show to your superiors that you are sorry by being a better soldier who wants to improve themselves and that the issues that came before are something you will not repeat again.

 

Reporting misuse of Disciplinary Actions

 

In case you feel that you have been treated wrong or punished too many times for no reason you are allowed to contact personnel above the person who issued the disciplinary action. In case a Squad Leader issues them, go to your Platoon Leader, if your Platoon Leader issues it, go to Company Command.

Sometimes superiors can get carried away and sometimes they misjudge situations, in any case you are allowed to bring up REPEATED punishment to their superiors and you should NOT abuse this system. If you know a fellow soldier is afraid to report misuse be sure to report it yourself with as much information as possible but be aware that soldiers who falsely report misuse of disciplinary actions will be severely punished or discharged.