Topics: Hygiene, Military / Pages: 3 (1092 words) / Published: Dec 10th, 2014
By: SPC Crawford, Michael S

The Army has many standards that Soldiers must meet on a daily basis. Maintaining your barracks room to Army standards is a responsibility every Soldier must adhere to. It is extremely important to maintain the healthiness and cleanliness of one’s room.

Maintaining your barracks room is a very easy task to do. It does not take much to put your dirty clothes in a hamper or to make your bed or even dust. All of those tasks are very simple to do. By not maintaining my room I put myself, friends, and anyone else at a greater risk of getting sick. Unsanitary conditions in the barracks room are disgusting. Through frequent contact throughout the day with the other soldiers that one soldier could be in contact with, he or she could become sick, and could possibly cause other soldiers to be ill. When one soldier becomes the source of other soldiers being sick then that soldier could face possible punishment under Article 134 of the Universal Code of Military Justice. Even though it is only a general Article, it still looks bad on the soldier, especially if the soldier is up for promotion and is getting ready to go out to the promotion board. Article 134 states as follows: 934. ART. 134. GENERAL ARTICLE. Though not specifically mentioned in this chapter, all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty, shall be taken cognizance of by a general, special or summary court-martial, according to the nature and degree of the offense, and shall be punished at the discretion of that court.

And whenever soldiers are being unsanitary in their living quarters and causing other soldiers to become sick then they are bringing discredit upon their Team Chief, their Squad Leader, their Platoon Sergeant,

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