Topics: Non-commissioned officer, Officer, Corporal Pages: 4 (1586 words) Published: April 19, 2013

Disrespect of a Noncommissioned Officer is a punishable offense in the United State military, and falls under the auspices of Article 91. The punishment for the offense varies depending on the severity of the disrespect shown and the history of service for the perpetrator.Disrespect of a noncommissoned officer includes striking, acting in an insubordinate manner, disregard for a lawful order, use of disrespectful language or general deportment. To be a punishable offense the act of disrespect must occur while the noncommissioned officer operating under the auspices of their office.Punishment for disrespecting a noncommissioned officer typically begins with a counseling session about the behavior, and an explanation of military justice. Solider counseling orders require a certain level of formality. Sample counseling forms, specifically for an article 91 are available at www.armynco.com more serious cases of disrespect of repeated offenses, the consequences get progressively more severe and can include forfeiture of pay, loss of rank, court martial, lawful imprisonment, dishonorable discharge and further charges.Offenses and the punishments which can be administered as a direct result of those disrespectful actions are broken into eight different classes based on severity. The least severe consequences include a loss of 2/3rd of a soldiers pay for a period of three months and up to three months of confinement. The most severe consequences include Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for up to 5 years.In addition to the formal punishments outlined in Article 91, commanding officers can doll out a number of milder, more personal, punishments for insubordination and disrespect to a noncommissioned officer. These include addition PT, increased work loads, lectures, written reports, privilege restrictions and more. Because the safety and well being of the entire military organization is based on...
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