I am currently at a cross road and I am unsure of what to do. I currently live on Fort Knox, KY where I am a Heavy Equipment Transporter with the US Army. I have been in the Army for almost 10 years and I have devoted everything I have to doing my job to the best of my abilities. I served in OIF, Bosnia, and busted my but during it all.
My problem is, I conducted On The Job training with the Army's Criminal Investigation Command or CID, in hopes to join thier ranks as a Special Agent. I completed 8 months of the OJT time, I have been accepted into the program and I should get a school date some time next week so I can begin training. After my 8 months of OJT I had to return back to my original Company. My first line supervisor that I currently fall under goes against everything I was taught about being a Soldier and mostly a Non Commisioned Officer. He is a terrible leader, he makes no attempts to mentor, train, or help with personal or proffesional matters with our young Soldiers that we have. If there is one thing that I hate the most, that would be a terrible NCO. I have faith in the NCO Corps and I live by the creed to the best of my abilities but he probobly does not know what it even means. My Company is scheduled to deploy back to Iraq within the next few months for the 4th time and I have frantically been trying to train these Soldiers to prepair them for what is in store.
With frustration setting in because of the actions and the non actions of this Squad Leader I may have said something to him that I will regret. He asked me one moring if I had a problem with him, I had told him yes I do. He then asked me what my problem with him was, and I told him I thought he was A piece of $hi% Squad Leader. He then blew up, I have 7 Sworn Statements from different ranks of the Company that witnessed his behavior.
I was properly counseled by this Squad Leader in which he recommended UCMJ action be taken against me for disrespect and threatning demenor. The Counseling was pretty much a lie, and the witnesses who read the counseling also said it was a lie.
As far as disrespect, I do not feal that is the case. He asked me what my problem was with him, as an NCO myself I felt obligated to let this NCO know what his faults are.
As far as me threatining him in any way, that never happend. Now he did threaten me and that is what the 7 Sworn Statements are for.
Now I am at that crossroad, I have not been officially told I am getting an Article 15, but my Platoon SGT said it will probobly happen. Well I have a few choices, I can accept the Article 15, appeal it if I do not agree (which I wont because I do not belive I did anything wrong), request redress under Article 138 if I disagree with the appeal. Or I can take my chances with a Special or General Court Martial.
After serving for 10 years, it would be very hard to start my life over if I was discharged from a Court Martial. Although I do belive I would win the Court Martial, it still would be taking a big chanc.
Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.