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As a Commander Know When and How to Inspect

The Evaluator - Army Evaluation & Counseling Guide

This following is an Extract from the Book Guidebook for the Young Officer

When and how should I inspect?

The answer to this question depends greatly on the type of platoon sergeant you possess (as discussed earlier). However, there are a few basic rules that every lieutenant should understand. These are my personal rules relating to inspections based on my experiences as both a company and field grade officer.

Rule 1: Inspect everything, constantly.

Rule 2: Conduct both announced and unannounced inspections.

Rule 3: Give clear guidance for each inspection so that the troops understand exactly what you are looking for.

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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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