Unit Disciplinary Policy Overview
The 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will have a standardized process of disciplining its’ members as policy infractions occur. This policy will outline these guidelines and be made available for reference by all unit members. Discipline is established as a three tier system ranking from the lowest tier (NJP) to the highest tier (FI). It is the responsibility of the billeted leader initiating the disciplinary action to apply the appropriate level of discipline based on the infraction at hand. All disciplinary actions listed below are to be enacted by the offending members direct chain of command.
Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP)
A Non-Judicial Punishment may be administered by any NCO in a leadership billet or Officer in a leadership billet who observes or knows of a minor violation in policy. This is the lowest level of discipline and does not require Command Staff or Battalion HQ approval to be used. Results of an NJP shall be as follows:
- NO ACTION - Violation of policy cannot be proven and are summarily dismissed due to lack of evidence or belief in the veracity of the charges. This option is NOT to be used if violation of policy has been committed.
- ESCALATION TO OFFICE HOURS - Any policy violation determined to be too severe for the bounds of a Non-Judicial Punishment may be submitted to Battalion HQ or Command Staff for an Office Hours.
- TIME IN GRADE ADDITION - Member is found to have violated a minor policy and a counseling has either already been performed or is found to be too light of an action. Days can be added to the members Time in Grade (TIG) requirement for next promotion. Up to a maximum of 14 days can be added from a NJP.
- SUSPENSION OF DUTIES - Member is found to have violated a minor policy. A suspension may be used in combination with any of the above NJP punishments. Suspension can be used for no longer than 14 days and during suspension the member is not permitted to participate in any official capacity with the unit. This includes but is not limited to secondary duty billets, official trainings and official unit operations. A suspension is also automatically put in place when a member is under a formal investigation or office hours at the company level or up. Suspension of Duties may only be used by the offending members chain of command. Record of this is made afterwards in the members "notes tab" in PERSCOM so that discipline can be implemented and policy violation can be tracked.
All Non-Judicial Punishments MUST be reported. Record of this is made afterwards in the members "notes tab" in PERSCOM so that discipline can be implemented and policy violation can be tracked. Search for previous infraction should be done prior to issuing a non-judicial punishment.
Office Hours (OH)
An Office Hours is the convening of an HQ element at the Company level or higher to determine and implement a disciplinary action in response to a policy infraction by an individual. Investigations brought to this level are thoroughly looked into and decisions are made by the Commanding Officer of that HQ. Office hours may result in a more severe punishment than an NJP and can be enacted for moderate breaches of policy. Any office hours can be pulled up by Battalion HQ or Command Staff for a Formal Investigation at any time. Actions by an Office Hours are as follows:
- NO ACTION - Member is found to be innocent of all charges.
- NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT - Office Hours level NJPs are the same as normal NJPs with the following differences:
- The TIG is increased to a maximum of 60 days.
- Member suspension is increased to a maximum two months instead of one.
- REMOVAL FROM AVIATION - Any Warrant Officer or Candidate whose actions are not in line with the expectations of officers within the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment may be removed from the 160th SOAR (A).
- RECOMMENDATION OF FORMAL ACTION - Any disciplinary actions that exceed the above listed actions may be submitted to Battalion HQ for approval. (example: recommendation of demotion, etc)
- ESCALATION TO FORMAL INVESTIGATION - Any policy violation determined to be too severe for the bounds of an Office Hours may be submitted to Battalion HQ or Command Staff for a Formal Investigation.
All Office Hours MUST be reported. Record of this is made afterwards in the members "notes tab" in PERSCOM so that discipline can be implemented and policy violation can be tracked. Search for previous infraction should be done prior to issuing an Office Hours.
Formal Investigations (FI)
A Formal Investigation is any investigation run by Command Staff or Battalion HQ. These investigations are of serious nature and are convened to determine the legitimacy of severe violations in policy. Results of a Formal Investigation can be any action up to and including removal from the unit. Command Staff and Battalion HQ can pull any investigation to a Formal Investigation and Command Staff can pull any Formal Investigation to be dealt with on their level.
Unit NCOs and Officers in leadership billets retain the right to issue a formal counseling for minor policy infractions when the leader feels that the infraction does not warrant that of an NJP. The counseling will consist of a one on one session between the leader and the individual from which information is passed along with the hopes of preventing the infraction from occurring in the future. The NCO or Officer which issues the counseling reserves the ability to have one other NCO or Officer also in a leadership billet to be present as a character witness.
All Counselings MUST be reported. Record of this is made afterwards in the members "notes tab" in PERSCOM so that discipline can be implemented and policy violation can be tracked. Search for previous infraction should be done prior to issuing a Counseling. The message will include the individual’s NAME, DATE OF OFFENCE, OVERVIEW, and REASON FOR THE COUNSELING.
Any member who feels that the discipline enacted was done so unfairly or have evidence to provide proving innocence may request an appeal. Appeals will be submitted in the form of a written message submitted to the appropriate party (as indicated below) via the forums. The message will include the individual’s NAME, DATE OF OFFENCE, OVERVIEW, and REASON FOR THE APPEAL. The individual will be contacted and a meeting will be scheduled to review the appeal. The appeal will then either be approved or denied and the appropriate action(s) will be taken. The group in charge of reviewing the appeal is determined by the group who enacted the investigation. The following is a list of disciplinary groups and who the appeal goes to:
NJP - Company HQ and below
Appeal to Company HQ
Office Hours - Company HQ
Appeal to Battalion HQ
Formal Investigation - Battalion HQ
Appeal to Battalion HQ
The following articles outline the common punishable offenses within the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Investigated infractions upon these articles are done to the best of our abilities. At our very nature, we are not a judicial group and must rely on evidence given in the form of testimony, images and recordings. With that said, all leadership takes into account everything and act impartially during the implementations of discipline within the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
I. Fraudulent Enlistment - Any member providing false information in his application to join the unit is guilty of fraudulent enlistment. Should information come to light, that is corroborated, to prove a current member provided false information upon joining the unit, the member shall be found guilty of fraudulent enlistment.
II. Desertion - Any member found in violation of our multi-clan policy will be considered guilty of desertion.
III. Insubordinate Conduct - Any member that is insubordinate, in action or speech, toward a leadership billeted Non-Commissioned Officer, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer, Warrant Officer or Officer shall be found guilty of insubordinate conduct.
IV. Failure to Obey Order or Regulation - Any member that fails to obey official written orders or regulations as posted by the Command Staff will be found guilty of failure to obey order or regulation.
V. Provoking Speeches or Gestures - Any member that uses speech or gestures intended to provoke people and not provide valid input or suggestions is guilty of provoking speeches or gestures.
VI. Sedition - Any member with the intent to usurp or override unit authority, refuses to obey orders, or creates a disturbance; in concert with others, is guilty of sedition.
VII. Breach of the Peace - Any member or members that conduct themselves in a debate that has turned into conduct against the good order and discipline of the unit, while in a public place, is guilty of breach of the peace. This includes but is not limited to, community channels in the unit Discord and TeamSpeak.
VIII. Espionage - Any member found to be providing unit specific information to any other person or unit, without the effective consent of the Command Staff, or is found to be actively or passively recruiting unit members to another unit is guilty of espionage.
IX. False Statement - Any member found to be giving false statements to include but not limited to; false claims of military service, false statements during investigations, false orders that are claimed to be given by another authority, etc. are guilty of providing a false statement.
X. General Article - Though not specifically mentioned in this section, all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline of the unit, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon this unit, by a member of this unit, will be found guilty under a General Article.
XI. Pattern of Misconduct - Any member that commits repeated violations of policies in which each violation by themselves only amounts to minor disciplinary action; however, the violations together show a pattern of misconduct.