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Should an In-Ranks Inspection be Announced or Unannounced?

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This depends on the outcome you want to achieve.


An unannounced inspection requires little preparation time and lets you know immediately where the element stands with regard to standards. There is no time to cover things up.


A formal inspection requires time and resources. Formal inspections also provide an opportunity for Soldiers to prepare themselves. If you are going to ask your Soldiers to spend time preparing for an inspection, make sure you have a plan.

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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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