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U.S. Army Inspections: The Basics

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This article is the first in a series about inspections. As I travel, Soldiers share with me the challenges they are facing. A leader recently told me that they were inundated with inspections. This began a discussion about why inspections are required and what value they bring to the table.

Soldiers in Iraq perform a precombat inspection

Soldiers in combat already understand the importance of pre-combat and pre-execution inspections. However, Soldiers may require more explanation of garrison inspections to understand their purpose and value.

The Importance of Inspections

Our combat-tested Soldiers readily understand the value of conducting pre-execution and pre-combat checks. These inspections have an immediate and definite purpose, “If you don’t do your job to maintain yourself and your equipment, someone is going to die.” Therefore Soldiers fully understand the value of these inspections. As combat operations draw down, more Soldiers will be increasingly required to participate in standard garrison inspections that focus on equipment and personnel. These inspections tend to lack the immediacy of combat operations. As this occurs it is imperative that leaders not only inspect their Soldiers but explain to them the value of the inspection. Leaders must ensure Soldiers understand why they are performing the tasks at hand and how these tasks are related to the mission. When Soldiers understand “Why” they usually perform better.

posted on 08/03/2011 under Articles
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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  • Joseph Kishel


    You are spot on with your writing. I enjoy this site alot. Thank-you for providing purpose, direction and Motivation.

    SFC Kishel
    First Sergeant
    15 years Operational Army Military Police
    2 Combat Tours
    6 years in USAREC

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