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Cadet Corrective Action

Responsible Department
Commandant of Cadets Office
Effective Date
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    Policy Purpose

    1. Cadet leaders are responsible for the maintenance of good order and discipline in their units.  This policy establishes the standard for use of Corrective Action on a limited bases as a means of immediate corrective action for minor infractions by a subordinate.

    2. This policy supersedes previous Memorandum for Corps of Cadets (Subject:  SOP for Individual Corrective Action, AY 2017-2018), which was in effect until the effective date of this policy.
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    Corrective Action is a tool available to leaders to focus the attention of soldiers, and to inspire compliance with Corps standards.

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    Policy Statement

    1. Cadet leaders who are NCOA graduates in the rank of SGT or above are authorized to administer Corrective Action as set forth in this policy for recurring minor infractions committed by one of their subordinates.

    2. Corrective Action may be utilized when any leader, who is an NCOA graduate (diploma required) in the rank of SGT or higher, and observes a subordinate Cadet who clearly demonstrates minor infractions of published rules or regulations, such as lateness for formations, improper room layout, improper uniform, refusal to reform assigned duties, lack of motivation, refusal to comply with policy, refusal to maintain gear, poor military bearing, failure to render the proper greeting of the day, inattention, disrespectful behavior/body language, or failure to follow simple orders.

    3. At no time should Corrective Action be meant to demean, belittle, ridicule, harass or embarrass a cadet.  Corrective Action should never be used with the intent to impress others, to demonstrate power, to show off, to inflict physical pain, or to punish.  Vulgar language, yelling, and the use of physical force by the trainer are absolutely unauthorized.  “Smoke sessions” designed to punish cadets have no corrective value and shall be construed as hazing under the Student Code of Conduct.

    4. When exercise is used for Corrective Action, leaders should exercise good judgment.  Requiring cadets to perform a reasonable number of repetitions of authorized physical exercises (IAW TC 3-22.20) as a motivational tool is permitted for Corrective Action.  However, the following guidelines must be followed when employing exercise as a Corrective Action.

      1. Only the following exercises should be selected for performance of Corrective Action:

        1. Rower, squat bender, windmill, prone row, push-up, v-up, leg tuck and twist, supine bicycle, swimmer, push ups.

        2. Only one of the above exercises may be selected for each Corrective Action.

      2. The number of repetitions should not exceed twenty for any one of the exercises listed above.

      3. Ten-day rule:  If the infraction is repeated, the same Corrective Action may be administered as indicated above.  However, a written counseling statement MUST be prepared by any leader who administers Corrective Action to a subordinate three times in a ten-day period.  Immediately after the third Corrective Action, the leader who administered the Corrective Action will hand deliver the signed counseling statement to Room 118, MLC, for inclusion in the cadet’s official file.  Leaders who fail to prepare counseling statements as described above may receive sanctions (demerits or loss of rank or both) due to their own misconduct.

    5. Corrective Action may not be used as a means of punishment or discipline under any circumstances.

    6. Corrective Action is generally not a group event unless every person in the unit committed the same deficiency.

    7. Location.  Corrective Action may be conducted anywhere on University property with the exception of academic buildings, Price Memorial Hall, Hoag Student Center, library, civilian residence halls, Memorial Hall gymnasium, the Recreation Center, the convocation center, Stewart Center, intramural activities, NCAA athletic events, Barnes Hall, or the Dining Facility.  The intent is to administer military Corrective Actions, only if necessary, and in the locations where cadets usually train, live, work, or assemble.

    8. The Brigade Commander is responsible for the implementation of this policy within the cadet chain of command.  If allegations of abuse or impropriety are received, the Assistant Commandant may direct the Brigade Commander to conduct an informal investigation and report his findings within 48 hours.

    9. Cadet leaders who violate this policy may lose their rank and be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

    10. Corrective Action, as authorized by this Policy, does not constitute hazing.

    11. Company advisors assigned to the Military Science Department and all members of the Commandant’s Staff are requested to assist in the enforcement of this policy.  This policy will be taught to university staff, key cadet cadre, and NCOA candidates to familiarize leaders with its content.
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    Support Information

    This policy is based on US Army Training Circular 3-22.20.

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    1. Any person who believes that they have been the recipient of Corrective Action applied in violation of this policy should report the incident to the Assistant Commandant of Cadets.

    2. Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.
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    Review and Responsibility

    Responsible Party:  Commandant of Cadets

                   Review:  Every three years (or more frequently if needed

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