Five factors that commanders and EOAs should consider when trying todetermine whether to grant a request for accommodation.
Importance of Military Requirement: Ops Tempo, Deployed, threat of disease, disciplinary issues, unit cohesion, standards, readiness, DoDI 1300.17 urges commanders to think yes first, rather than no.
Importance to Requester: paramount/pressing issue, is time a factor, can request be accommodated at a different time or by a different means, requested before
Cumulative Impact: domino effect within unit (guard against this sort ofunhelpful speculation, consider each request individually)
Alternatives: be creative, ask requester. eg., can Roman Catholic chaplain or lay leader come to unit
Previous Treatment of Similar Requests: talk to other EOAs or chaplains for previous handling
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