My soldier left a weapon unattended (no ammo with it but still very much the point). I could go the regular physical corrective action but would rather do something creative yet effective to get the point across... any ideas?
Posted >1 y ago
Savanna, I have to be honest the ammo is not a huge deal in big picture. The weapon is the big deal. Get creative, but not necessarily nice. Get a rubber duck, aka rubber weapon make him/her keep it 24/7. The cant sign into the arms room lock it into a locker. They will have it with them all the time, at PT, *in the shower, in the latrine, at chow. Inform all the NCO's in the unit so they can help you keep taps on your incident waiting to happen. Savanna, I have slept with a rifle and pistol within hands reach in several counties. Anytime I showered I made sure someone was watching it and I knew where they would be as soon as I got out. It could be something as simple as an oversight, a temporary lapse. Weapon accountability is skill level 1. You be the one who fits this, you be the NCO who steps in and does whats right. You see a troop that needs some fixing, so fix 'em.
Tether the weapon to them. If you aren't going to be doing training with the weapons for a while, find yourself a rubber duck (fake rifle) and tether that to the Soldier. Maybe make them report every so often with the weapon. Make sure that you always do a counseling with the corrective action laid out that way they know exactly what to expect. This is for both you and the Soldier.
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