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What does AR 600-20 cover?

Army Command Policy


What AR covers Army Command Policy?

AR 600-20


What does AR 600-20 cover?

Prescribes the policies and responsibilities of command, which include the Well-being of the force, military discipline, and conduct, the Army Equal Opportunity (EO) Program, and the Army Sexual Assault Victim Program
Para 1


What is Command?

Command is exercised by virtue of office and the special assignment of members of the United States Armed Forces holding military grade who are eligible to exercise command
Para 1-5


What is a Commander?

A commissioned or WO who, by virtue of grade and assignment, exercises primary command authority over a military organization or prescribed territorial area that under pertinent official directives is recognized as a "command”
Para 1-5


Can a Civilian exercise Command?

No; Only the President can exercise Command
Para 1-5


What is the extent that a Civilian can exercise Supervision?

A civilian may be designated to exercise general supervision over an Army installation or activity
Para 1-5


What are the key elements of command?

Authority and Responsibility
Para 1-5


Where is Formal authority for command derived?

From the Policies, Procedures, and Precedents
Para 1-5


Who is responsible for establishing leadership climate of the unit and developing disciplined and cohesive units?

The Commander
Para 1-5


How do Leaders earn the loyalty of their Soldiers?

leaders must show loyalty to their Soldiers, the Army, and the nation
Para 1-5


How do Leaders develop a positive Command Climate?

If leaders consider their Soldiers’ needs and care for their Well-being, and if they demonstrate genuine concern for their Soldiers, they will build a positive Command Climate
Para 1-5


What is Duty?

obedient and disciplined performance
Para 1-5


How will Soldiers with a sense of duty perform?

Soldiers with a sense of duty accomplish tasks given them, seize opportunities for self-improvement, and accept responsibility from their superiors


What is Demonstrated integrity the basis of?

Demonstrated integrity is the basis for dependable, consistent information, decisionmaking, and delegation of authority


How will Professionally competent leaders will develop respect for their authority?

1. Striving to develop, maintain, and use the full range of human potential in their organization
2. Giving troops constructive information on the need for and purpose of military discipline
3. Properly training their Soldiers and ensuring that both Soldiers and equipment are in the proper state of readiness at all times
4. Requirement of Exemplary Conduct


What are All commanding officers and others in authority in the Army are required to display?

1. To show in themselves a good example of virtue, honor, patriotism, and subordination.
2. To be vigilant in inspecting the conduct of all persons who are placed under their command.
3. To guard against and suppress all dissolute and immoral practices, and to correct, according to the laws and regulations of the Army, all persons who are guilty of them.
4. To take all necessary and proper measures, under the laws, regulations, and customs of the Army.
5. To promote and safeguard the morale, the physical Well-being, and the general welfare of the officers and enlisted persons under their command or charge


para 1-6 How is Military rank among officers of the same grade or of equivalent grade determined?

by comparing dates of rank, whose date of rank (DOR) is earlier than the DOR of another is Senior to that Soldier


Para 1-6 What confers eligibility to exercise command or authority in the U.S. military?

Grade and precedence of rank


Para 1-6 What is an example of a Leader exercising Authority by precedence of rank?

a SGT making an on the spot correction of a Soldier that is not in their unit. They have that Authority by the governing regulatory guidance


How is Grade is generally held?

by virtue of office or position in the Army


What is pay grade?

an abbreviated numerical device with useful applications in pay management, personnel accounting, automated data organization, and other administrative fields


Is the numerical pay grade used as a form of address or title in place of the proper title of address of grade?

No; the numerical pay grade will not be used to address Soldiers


Will a Chaplain be addressed by their Grade or Rank?

No; All chaplains are addressed as "Chaplain," regardless of military grade or professional title


Are Civilians authorized “honorary grades”?

No; Conferring honorary titles of military grade upon civilians is prohibited


What is the Title to address Brigadier General through Generals?

The proper title to address all generals is General


What is the proper Title of Address for a Lieutenant Colonel?

Colonel is the proper address for a Lieutnenat Colonel


What is the proper Title of Address for all Warrant Officers?

Mister (Mrs./Miss/Ms.)


What is the proper Title of Address for SFC-MSG?



What is the Proper Title of Address for PVT-PFC?



What is The chain of command?

The chain of command assists commanders at all levels to achieve their primary function of accomplishing the unit’s assigned mission while caring for personnel and property in their charge


Who is responsible for everything their unit does or fails to do?

The commander


Can a Leader assign responsibility and authority to their subordinates?

Yes; But overall responsibility still is still the Leaders responsibility


What is crucial to the proper functioning of all units?

Effective communication between senior and subordinate Soldiers within the chain of command


What must Soldiers do when they need to communicate issues and problems?

They must use the Chain of Command


Who does AR 600-20 direct that they will have Open Door Policies?

Only Commanders are directed that they must have an Open Door Policy


What does an Open Door Policy Allow?

allows members of the command to present facts, concerns, and problems of a personal or professional nature or other issues that the Soldier has been unable to resolve


Who must ensure that all members of their command receive timely performance counseling?

The Commander


Which Army Regulations contain counseling requirements in conjunction with the evaluation reporting systems?

R 623–3 and AR 690–400


What helps to ensure that they are prepared to carry out their duties efficiently and accomplish the mission?

Effective Performance counseling


What Channel may be used for sending reports, information, or instructions?

Staff or technical channels


Do Staff or Technical Channels have Command Authority?

No; Only Command Channel has that Authority but Staff and Technical Channels may use proper Orders Processes to issue commands to subordinate units because these are essentially Official Commands by the Commander


What are the two categories of Army Installations?

Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and Joint Bases


What is the Optimum length of Command for Company level?

12-18 months


What is the Optimum length of Command for Field Grade level?

24-36 months


Can a NCO, SPC or PVT assume Command of a Unit?

Yes but will not have UCMJ Authority and only in emergency situations


Who takes Command within a prisoner of war camp or among a group of prisoners of war, or a group of personnel detained by hostile forces?

The senior person eligible for command, whether officer or enlisted according to grade and DOR seniority without regard to Service


Can a Senior Commander relieve a subordinate Commander that is in command?

Yes; However, the relief is only Temporary and must be approved by the first General Officer in the Command and they must counsel the subordinate immediately


Can a Senior Commander relieve a subordinate Commander on the basis of an informal investigation under AR 15–6?

No; The Commander can Suspend them from their duties pending the results, but must wait on the final investigation prior to Relief for Cause


How does the NCO Support channel Support the Chain of Command?

it parallels and complements the chain of command


What is the NCO Support Channel?

It is a channel of communication and supervision from the command sergeant major (CSM) to first sergeant (1SG) and then to other NCOs and enlisted personnel of the units


What duties will the NCO support channel assist the chain of command in accomplishing?

(1) Transmitting, instilling, and ensuring the efficacy of the professional Army ethic
(2) Planning and conducting the day-to-day unit operations within prescribed policies and directives
(3) Training of enlisted Soldiers in their MOS as well as in the basic skills and attributes of a Soldier
(4) Supervising unit physical fitness training and ensuring that unit Soldiers comply with the weight and appearance standards of AR 600–9 and AR 670–1
(5) Teaching Soldiers the history of the Army, to include military customs, courtesies, and traditions
(6) Caring for individual Soldiers and their Families both on and off duty
(7) Teaching Soldiers the mission of the unit and developing individual training programs to support the mission
(8) Accounting for and maintaining individual arms and equipment of enlisted Soldiers and unit equipment under their control
(9) Administering and monitoring the Noncommissioned Officer’s Development Program, and other unit training programs
(10) Achieving and maintaining courage, candor, competence, commitment, and compassion


Describe the Position of Sergeant Major of the Army?

the senior sergeant major grade and designates the senior enlisted position of the Army


Describe the Position of Command Sergeant Major?

This position title designates the senior NCO of the command at battalion or higher levels and carries out policies and standards, and advises the commander on the performance, training, appearance, and conduct of enlisted Soldiers they also establish the unit’s Noncommissioned Officer’s Development Program


Describe the Position of First Sergeant?

designates the senior NCO at company level and they administer the unit Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Program


Describe the Position of Platoon Sergeant?

key assistant and adviser to the platoon leader and In the absence of the platoon leader, the platoon sergeant leads the platoon


Do NCO’s have the authority to apprehend any person subject to trial by court-martial under the UCMJ?



Can NCO’s order enlisted Soldiers into arrest or confinement per the UCMJ?

Yes; if authorized by their commanders


Do NCO’s have authority to impose nonjudicial punishment on other enlisted Soldiers under the UCMJ?



Can a NCO deliver the DA Form 2627 (Record of Proceedings under UCMJ, ART. 15) and inform the Soldier of his or her rights?

Yes; an NCO in the grade of Sergeant First Class or above


In cases of nonjudicial punishment who should the Commander seek recommendations from?

They should seek recommendations from the NCO’s in the Soldier’s NCO support channel


What is a Key Tool that NCO’s have that is essential to furthering the efficiency of the company, battery, or troop?

Corrective Actions


Are Corrective Actions the same as NonJudicial Punishment?

No; Corrective Actions are Nonpunitive measures


What is the purpose of Corrective Actions?

to correct actions and also to prevent incidents that make it necessary to resort to trial by courts-martial or to impose nonjudicial punishment


What is the function of NCO’s on work details?

NCO’s can only serve as supervisory roles on work details


What is the function of NCO’s on Guard Duty?

NCO’s can only function as NCOs of the guard


What Privileges should a Commander give to NCO’s?

NCO’s should be granted certain Privileges to enhance the prestige of their enlisted troop leaders


How do you determine Seniority between Enlisted members of the Same rank?

: 1. By DOR
2. By length of active Federal Service in the Army
3. By length of total active Federal Service
4. By date of birth


What is Army Well-being?

the personal—physical, material, mental, and spiritual-state of the Army Family, including Soldiers (active, reserve, and guard), retirees, veterans, DA civilians, and all their Families, that contributes to their preparedness to perform and support the Army’s mission


What is the focus of Army Well-being?

to take care of our Army Family before, during, and after deployments


3 What are the four basic dimensions of individual life experience that Well-being includes?

1. the physical state centers on one’s health and sense of wellness, satisfying physical needs through a healthy Lifestyle
2. The material state centers on essential needs such as shelter, food, and financial resources
3. The mental state centers on basic needs to learn, grow, achieve recognition, and be accepted
4. The spiritual state centers on a person’s religious/philosophical needs, providing powerful support for values, morals, strength of character, and endurance in difficult and dangerous circumstances


What are the four institutional outcomes that are a function of the actions people take in response to their views of the actions of the institution?

1. Attracting
2. Developing
3. Retaining
4. Supporting


What are the four individual aspirations of Well Being?

1. To Serve
2. To Live
3. To Connect
4. To Grow


What are the four strategic goals linked to the Well-being framework that must be achieved for Army Well Being?

1. Opportunity for service
2. Standard of living
3. Pride and sense of belonging
4. Personal enrichment


What is Military discipline is founded upon?

self-discipline, respect for properly constituted authority, and the embracing of the professional Army ethic with its supporting individual values


How is Military discipline will be developed?

by individual and group training to create a mental attitude resulting in proper conduct and prompt obedience to lawful military authority


Who is required is required to strictly obey and promptly execute the legal orders of their lawful Seniors?

All persons in the military Service


Are Soldiers off duty required to render respect to Seniors, The Colors and National Anthem?

Respect to Seniors, The Colors and National Anthem will be extended at all times


When is it required that all military personnel present a neat, soldierly appearance?

whether on or off duty or in a leave status


In a case where a Soldier’s conduct violates good order and military discipline what should Leaders do?

Take action consistent with Army regulation


When military police are not present where a Soldier’s conduct violates good order and military discipline what should the senior officer, WO, or NCO do?

obtain the Soldier’s name, grade, social security number, organization, and station and send the information and a statement of the circumstances to the
Soldier’s commanding officer without delay


Who is authorized and directed to quell all quarrels, frays, and disorders among persons subject to military law and to apprehend participants?

Officers, WOs, NCOs, and petty officers of the Armed Forces


How should Military authority be exercised?

promptly, firmly, courteously and fairly


What is one of the most effective administrative corrective measures?

extra training or instruction (including on-the-spot correction)


How must the training, instruction, or correction action given to a Soldier to correct deficiencies be?

must be directly related to the deficiency


When must Corrective measures may be taken?

after normal duty hours


Are the Corrective measures Punishment?



How long should Corrective measures be taken?

Corrective training should continue only until the training deficiency is overcome


What should should at all levels of command ensure about Corrective measures?

that training and instruction are not used in an oppressive manner to evade the procedural safeguards applying to imposing nonjudicial punishment


What are essential ingredients of military justice?

Discretion, fairness, and sound judgment


7 Can Commanders direct subordinates to take particular disciplinary actions, nor unnecessarily restrict disciplinary authority of subordinates?



Can Military Personnel participate in extremist organizations and activities?

No participation by Army personnel is inconsistent with the responsibilities of military Service


What are Extremist organizations and activities?

they are organizations that advocate racial, gender, or ethnic hatred or intolerance; advocate, create, or engage in illegal discrimination based on race, color, gender, religion, or national origin, or advocate the use of or use force or violence or unlawful means to deprive individuals of their rights


What is the Operational Language of the Army?



Is the use of English for personal communications that are unrelated to military functions required?



When is the use of English required?

operational communications must be understood by everyone who has an official need to know their content, and, therefore, must normally be in English


When are relationships between different ranks prohibited?

(1) Compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command
(2) Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness
(3) Involve, or appear to involve, the improper use of rank or position for personal gain
(4) Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative or coercive in nature
(5) Create an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale, or the ability of the command to accomplish its mission


Can officers and enlisted personnel have an ongoing business relationship?

No unless authorized as an exception by regulation


When is it authorized for a business relationship between officers and enlisted personnel?

landlord/tenant relationships or to one-time transactions such as the sale of an automobile or house


Can Soldiers that are Officers and Enlisted loan money to each other?

No Officers and Enlisted cannot loan money between their ranks


Is Dating, shared living accommodations other than those directed by operational requirements, and intimate or sexual relationships between officers and enlisted personnel Authorized?



What should two Enlisted members that are dating do if one begins a program that will lead to them becoming an Officer?

the couple must terminate the relationship permanently or marry within either one year of the actual start date of the program, before the change in status occurs, or within one year of the publication date of this regulation, whichever occurs later


Are relationships between permanent party personnel and initial entry training trainees authorized?



Can evaluations reports, contain any information regarding the employment, educational, or volunteer service activities of the Soldier’s spouse?



What is Hazing?

any conduct whereby one military member or employee, regardless of Service or rank, unnecessarily causes another military member or employee, regardless of Service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to an activity that is cruel, abusive, oppressive, or harmful


Is a reasonable number of repetitions of authorized physical exercises considered Hazing?



Are informal funds authorized?



What are examples of informal funds that are authorized?

office coffee, cup and flower, and annual picnic funds


What is misuse of a Government charge card?

any improper or fraudulent use of a Government travel charge card, including any use at establishments or for purposes that are inconsistent with the official business of the Army or with applicable standards of conduct


What is Improper use of the Government charge card?

using the charge card for items or expenses that are not reimbursable as part of official travel or other official duties


Can a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence be issued a weapon or ammo?

No; It is also unlawful for any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to receive any firearm or ammunition


What is required if Soldiers with qualifying convictions of Domestic Violence?

they must be identified and reported to HQDA to ensure compliance with the law


How will Soldiers that are convicted of Domestic Violence perform their annual Weapons Qualification?

Individuals with qualifying convictions are exempt from weapons qualification in accordance with AR 350–1 and will not be assigned individual weapons or ammunition


Can Soldiers with Convictions of Domestic Violence be placed in leadership, supervisory, or property accountability positions?

No; Commanders will not appoint or assign Soldiers with qualifying convictions to leadership, supervisory, or property accountability positions


Can Soldiers with a conviction of Domestic Violence Re-enlist?

No; Soldiers with a qualifying conviction will be barred from reenlistment and are not eligible for the indefinite reenlistment program


Can a Soldier Make monetary contributions to a political organization?



Be a candidate for, or hold, civil office?



Can a Soldier Wear a uniform or use any Government property or facilities when supporting political functions?



Can a Soldier serve as a regular or reserve civilian law enforcement officer or as a member of a civilian fire or rescue squad?

Yes as long as it is in a private capacity and will not involve the exercise of military authority, and will not interfere with the performance of military duties


When must Soldiers implement Family Care Plans?

during any period of absence for AT, regularly scheduled unit training assemblies, emergency mobilization and deployment, or other type of AD


Who must have a Family Care Plan?

single parents, parents with custody pursuant to a court order or separation agreement, and dual military couples with Family members


What is the Form number for the Family Care Plan?

DA Form 5305


What are the forms required to complete a Family Care Plan?

1. DA Form 5841 (Power of Attorney)
2. DA Form 5840 (Certificate of Acceptance as Guardian or Escort)
3. DD Form 1172 (Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card—DEERS Enrollment)
4. DD Form 2558 (Authorization to Start, Stop, or Change an Allotment)
5. A letter of instruction to the guardian/escort
6. DA Form 7666 (Parental Consent) if appropriate


When must single pregnant female Soldiers be counseled on requirement for a Family Care Plan?

as soon as pregnancy is identified but not later than 90 days prior to the expected date of birth of the child


How long do Soldiers have to complete the Family Care Plan after being Counseled by the Commander?

30 days or 60 days total from date of counseling if the Commander has approved an extension


What should a Commander do if a deployed Soldier’s circumstances beyond the Soldier’s control preclude the designated guardian from exercising those responsibilities?

May authorize leave per AR 600–8–10 for a deployed Soldier to return home


What should a Commander do if a Soldiers fails to complete a Family Care Plan?

consider initiating a bar to reenlistment against Soldiers who fail to properly manage personal, marital, or Family affairs, or who fail to provide or maintain adequate Family care plans


When must Family Care Plans be recertified?

at least annually by initialing and dating the DA Form 5305


Can Soldiers wear Religious jewelry, apparel, or articles while in uniform?

Yes; if they are neat, conservative, and discreet


Can Religious headgear be worn while in uniform?

Yes; if the headgear is subdued in color, of a style and size that can be completely covered by standard military headgear, if the headgear bears no writing, symbols, or pictures, does not interfere with the wear or proper functioning of protective clothing or equipment and if Religious headgear will not be worn in place of military headgear


What are some of the reasons that commanders may deny requests for accommodation of religious practices?

When accommodation will have an adverse impact on unit readiness, individual readiness, unit cohesion, morale, discipline, safety, and/or health


What must a commander do if they deny a religious request?

prepare a memorandum specifying the basis for denial and provide a copy of the memorandum to the Soldier


What should be done if a Soldier’s Religious diet can not be met by Army rations?

The Soldier should request an exception for Separate rations


What should be done for Soldiers who’s religion requires them to wear “Modest Clothing” i.e. No shorts?

The commander can prescribe that PT formation can be Uniformity but should take these Soldiers into account


What are the Five key training elements for Human Relations Readiness Training (HRRT)?

1. Army policy/commander’s intent
2. Prevention and intervention
3. Command Climate awareness
4. Building Soldier Skills
5. Values


What regulation and paragraph describes Memorial Services for deceased Soldiers?

AR 600-20 para 5-14


Who is the Commander required to perform a memorial service for?

every Soldier who dies while assigned to their unit, regardless of the manner of death to include suicides


Who does the commander not have to conduct a memorial service for?

1. Soldiers convicted of a capital offense
2. Soldiers convicted of a capital offense
3. Soldiers not convicted of serious crime because they were not available for conviction


Who approved exceptions for Commanders to not conduct a memorial service?

the first general officer in the chain of command


Can a memorial ceremony be mandatory attendance?

yes since it is a command program


What may a memorial ceremony include?

Prelude, Posting of the Colors, National Anthem, Invocation, Memorial Tribute, Readings, Address, Memorial Prayers, Silent Tribute or Roll Call, Music, Benediction, Firing of Volleys, and Sounding of Taps


Should the Soldiers body be present at the memorial ceremony?

no the soldiers remains should not be present for the memorial ceremony


What is the difference between a Memorial Ceremony and a Memorial Service?

The Memorial Ceremony is a Command Program and the Memorial Service is religious oriented


Can a Memorial Service be made mandatory?

No a Memorial service may not be made mandatory


What events can be included in the Memorial Service?

Prelude, Invocation, Scripture Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Silent Tribute or Roll Call, and Benediction


Should the Soldiers remains be present at the Memorial Service?

No they should not be present