For starters, this not an accidental discharge. It is a negligent discharge. This leader was negligent on several levels.
- The weapon should have been cleared off the range. This means the range OIC, NCOIC, and safeties also failed to fulfill their responsibilities.
- There is a weapons clearing barrel outside most buildings. It is a requirement to clear your weapon before you enter a building.
Techniques for resolution vary according to the unit, but I’ve seen a variety of different disciplinary actions in the past. In combat arms units, the leader is usually relieved of their leadership position and given a relief for cause evaluation.
In other situations, Soldiers are given Article 15′s, ordered to perform corrective training, or ordered to become range certified.
This is a serious issue—the potential to kill someone can not be downplayed. Saying “no one was hurt” is not an excuse. You need to deal with this in a serious manner that fits the circumstances.
The property damage to the commander’s car is an issue as well. That will at least require an MP report which means it will show up on the blotter and probably wind up with the chain of command getting a call. I am sure this will also result in a serious incident report as well. This leader is going to get a lot of unwanted attention.
This is not an honest mistake, it is an unforgivable sin. For more information about the difference between these types of leadership challenges, read this related article.