Army Col. Jonathan Chung is facing an administrative investigation over allegations of being a counterproductive and toxic leader, while some soldiers describe him as an officer who sets high standards for his subordinates, which some feel are unnecessarily harsh.
Colonel Jonathan Chung has been suspended as commander of the 5th Security Forces Assistance Brigade while an investigation is carried out into his leadership style. While some of his subordinates have praised him for his high standards, others have accused him of being unnecessarily harsh and even “toxic”. Chung is accused of being a “counterproductive and toxic leader”, but has not been accused of any criminal, immoral, or unethical actions. Some of Chung’s alleged high standards include making people stay at work long after their tasks are finished, and running “best squad competitions” every week. Chung is seen by some as a leader who is unafraid to hold others accountable, but this has led to confusion over his standards among battalion commanders.