Posted on Dec 6, 2013
SFC Josh Watson
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How many units conduct a safety brief every weekend, regardless of the length?  Is it me or do the safety briefs seem to be more "check the block" now than they were before?  What is it that a Commander or 1SG can say that WILL stop the "guys" from doing "stupid things"?  I feel like the weekend safety brief is right up there with guarding dumpsters and raking the sand.  If Small Unit Leaders are doing their jobs and counseling their Soldiers there should be no need for a 1SG or Commander to hold a formation to tell their Soldiers to be safe and do the right thing?
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SGM Matthew Quick
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When service members quit doing stupid stuff, you'll see a reduction of safety briefs.<br><br>Then again, is it a bad thing to 'remind' our service members once a week to be careful?<br><br>Example: &nbsp;When our kids go out for the evening, do we not go over some 'ground rules' prior to them taking the car or leaving with friends? &nbsp;There's a reason why we do this...we care.
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Sorry SGM, but after a certain point it gets insulting and demeaning. I'm a 47 year old Chief Warrant Officer, I don't need to be told not to drink and drive, and not to have unprotected sex.
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SSG Robert Burns
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The way I've always looked at and conducted "safety briefs" is as a reminder of our standards as a Soldier.  Not so much of a "don't do this" brief, but more of a you are a Soldier, don't forget it over the weekend, and conduct yourself as one, because everyone else is looking up to you.
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I don't think a safety brief is a check the block thing.  I conduct ours at times when soldiers aren't waiting to go home so that they are focused on what I am saying.  The safety brief should be well thought out and address relevant safety concerns.  I have seen units do the check the block.  I prefer to personalize it with a story or a real life incident.  It lets my soldier know I care about their safety.  I never do the "don't beat your...don't do drugs, don't drink and drive, etc."  Because that truly isn't a safety brief, it's whatever the heck that is.
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