Fort Sill, Oklahoma – A military judge has found CSM Perry T. Mcneill guilty of eight counts under Article 134 of the UCMJ, Wearing unauthorized insignia, decoration, badge, ribbon, device, or lapel buttons, and one count of making false official statements in violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ.
According to the charges he wore both the Ranger Tab and the Pathfinder Badge wrongfully and without authority on multiple occasions: on or between March 4, 2011, and Feb. 28, 2014. It also says he submitted an official record to the Centralized Selection List Board for the fiscal year Active Component and U.S. Army Reserve Active Guard Reserve Brigade/Battalion Command Sergeant Major and Key Billet Sergeant Major Board, a falsified enlisted record brief stating he had graduated from Ranger School in 1994.
The CSM was the senior enlisted leader for the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment up until his sentenced was handed down. The judge sentenced Mcneill to receive a letter of reprimand, reduction to the E-7 pay grade and forfeiture of $500 per month for 10 months.
A few months ago, LTC Gerald Green was found doing the same as this CSM, yet he was only relieved of command. Green was also wearing an unearned Ranger tab, along with an unearned Sapper Tab. Green should have also been held accountable for his actions as the CSM is being held accountable for his. This goes to show that rank does have its privileges when it comes to things of this nature, with Green only having “administrative” action taken against him instead of criminal.
I am sure this will be the end of the CSM’s career, not sure what goes through their minds thinking they will get away with wearing tabs, badges or ribbons they didn’t earn. They should know when these things go in front of the boards, they are looked at with a fine tooth comb.
As of today, his official bio on the 3-2 ADA’s site still shows the unearned tabs:
I also checked the ADA’s Chain of Command and his photo is no longer in the CSM position, my guess is he will be reassigned somewhere else to finish out his career.