While I know that my website helps lots of people, I found out today that it offends others. Here’s an email I received today from someone who is offended by my website and the fact that I charge money for my products. I thought I would share it below and provide the response I sent to the person.
Name: ***name withheld for privacy***
Email: *** protected for privacy reasons***
Message: Company Commander‘s Training:
Can you legally request money for this when the Army is already required to provide the Pre-Command Course to Commanders and 1SGs? I find it offensive that you are pricing counseling statements for $10 value to convey a bargain. Commanders need to be able to effectively communicate and work with external entities as well as the chain both up and down. This would include networking and acquiring resources. It took one e-mail to a peer and I had every initial counseling I could dream of. The pre-command course gave me a check list of the logistical and administrative areas I needed to look at right away and then intermittently.
Aside from the obvious profit, why branch out when CC.army.mil exists for commanders and prior commanders to come together and share lessons learned?
Offended Service Member
Dear Offended Service Member,
Thanks for contacting me. I am sorry that you are offended by my site and products. This is the first email of this type I have received in four years of having my website. On the other hand, I’ve received thousands of emails that appreciate the information I share and sell.
Yes, I can legally request money for information that I own the copyright to and sell. My information is much different than the Pre-Command Course. I completed that course about eight years ago and designed my programs to cover other important areas that don’t get addressed in that course.
Most people who purchase my initial counseling packets do not have someone in their chain of command (or a friend/peer) to give them the information. Otherwise, they wouldn’t need to purchase it from me. As far as the $10 fee, it would take someone several hours to consolidate the information I offer and do a good counseling. I feel that $10 is more than fair if it saves someone that much time and helps them do their job better.
is a website geared for Active Duty Company Commanders. My website is geared for anyone in the USAR and ARNG, not just Company Commanders.
You are under no obligation to purchase anything I sell. Please keep in mind that my website has over 600 pages of free content that I’ve spent several THOUSAND hours creating, so I do offer plenty of value even for people who don’t want to spend money with me.
Also, I’m not ashamed to admit that my website is a for profit business
. I pay plenty to host my website, advertise it, and keep it going. I have to recoop those expenses and get paid for my time. Not everything in the world is free.
In either case, I appreciate your comment and apologize for offending you.
Thanks for your service. Have a great day.
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