I am an NCO in a small combat service support unit. I am a re class soldier from the combat arms side of the Army. I am having issues with my approaches toward correction/action and instilling discipline within my current unit. Soldiers in the unit disrespect NCOs on a regular basis and do not follow proper guidance (not from myself alone) I've tried tactics they my prior leadership utilized and have received an IG complaint against me for said actions.
These tactics include:
Scenaro 1: While conducting Land Nav training soldiers received multiple briefings on safety including staying together and being paired with battle buddies to prevent personnel loss. While transporting soldiers to training site, a soldier was not accounted for. When we looked towards his team they informed us that the soldier had informed them that he had gone to the latrine and they had simply not informed the leadership like they were instructed. After locating the individual myself and the PSG decided that since the soldiers were unable to keep track of each other and follow directions we dummy corded the teams together with 550 cord (approx 6 feet in length to prevent safety issues) Is this considered "hazing" or "demeaning" to current standards?
Scenario 2: A soldier that continued to be "snarky" and say unprofessional things after being told to quiet down. After verbal counseling did not rectify the situation I told him to do a couple push ups, then he said he was on profile and could not perform any exercises. I then said OK then the next step i took was placing a piece of duct tape over the soldiers mouth and told him if he could not control his mouth i would control it for him. Again my leaders have done similar things in the combat world and no issues arose.
After this occurred a soldier was recommended an art 15 for assaulting an NCO. She then filed an IG complaint listing the above actions and Im told that I am demeaning and "hazing" soldiers...This of course was not my intent but i feel that I'm at a loss to what creative corrective action I'm able to take..Yes i can write counseling until my computer explodes but it feels like the impact of this is very minimal especially since the officer leadership is very anti-art 15 and it feels like I'm a lawyer just trying to correct discipline issues. How do i grow as a leader and approach these situations where the impact is there but I do not take what I refer to "kid gloves" off