How Failing To Report Affects The Army’s Mission
In my essay I will discuss how Failure to Report affects the United States Army and it’s mission. I will use my experiences and knowledge as well as regulations and doctrine provided by the United States Army. I will first cover the regulations and doctrine provided by the United States Army. I will use the United State Publishing Directorate website to access all appropriate regulations. The site can be accessed at http://www.apd.army.mil/. The first document I will collect data from is the Manual for Courts-Marshall United State (2008 edition). Failure to Report is not clearly definably in violation of any one article. It may be, however, in violation of Article 92. This article covers a failure to obey an order or a regulation. Failure to Report falls into this article simple because the order is given by a senior ranking individual. This can be done orally, which is most common, and verbally, such as a training schedule. By not reporting for duty or accountability you are in direct violation of Article 92 and can receive a summarized, company, or field grade article 15. This will depend on how many offenses you have in the past, your work ethic and the reason you failed to report. Given enough offenses you may be chaptered for patterns of misconduct. Failure to Report negatively affects the United States Army in many ways. Let us say that SPC Snuffy misses accountability formation. He failed to report to his appointed place of duty. SPC Snuffy is not the only one who has consequences for his failure to report. He is part of a small team that affects a larger unit. Within his small team he could have soldiers under his care; he most likely has a non commissioned officer who is charged with his care. His soldiers look to him to be the middle man to help guide them day to day with his knowledge when given tasks. His non commissioned officer looks to him to relay his experiences to his subordinates, in his absence. By failing to report his subordinates may not have the skills necessary to perform their tasks and his non commissioned officer will be unable to accomplish some of the administrative tasks he has to perform because he will have to monitor the subordinates.
If SPC Snuffy could not be reached telephonically then again that can negatively affect his non commissioned officer. He may have to drive to SPC Snuffy’s place of residence. If SPC Snuffy is not there he would have to try and find out what happened to SPC Snuffy. This could take serious amounts of time and energy. Not having accountability of a soldier is something that can adversely affect a whole unit. I would like to cover the differences in how different reasons for failing to report could possible affect the unit. If SPC Snuffy lost power at his place of residence the affect on the unit would most likely be minimal. If he resided in the barracks his non commissioned officer could go to his room and wake him. If he lived of post his non commissioned officer would have to take time away from duty and drive to his residence. This comes at a personal cost to his non commissioned officer. If SPC Snuffy lived locally this task may not take much time to complete. If SPC Snuffy lived in an area similar to Killeen- Harker Heights- Coperreas Cove then it could waste precious time. Some of the outlying residential neighborhoods can be just over 1 hour in one direction. That does not include checking on SPC Snuffy, or even verifying the validity of his claim. Once SPC Snuffy is found and ready to report they still have to return to post. Depending on the time of day, and the civilian traffic this could almost double the travel time needed. Once present for duty SPC Snuffy would have to work hurriedly to complete his daily taskings as well as make time to receive his counseling statement from his non...