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The Common Operational Picture at the Company and Below

At its essence, the common operational picture (COP) is a tool which feeds commanders information to inform decisions… However, COPs are only as useful as the accuracy and timeliness of their content, which is often lacking even without the stress of ongoing operations. There are two principle reasons for this information shortfall. The first is the inability of battalion staffs to translate running estimates into coherent and prioritized information requirements that are tailored to their commander’s COP. The second is an institutional lack of emphasis on command post (CP) operations at the company level and below, which translates into poor COP (information) management.

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Exegeting the Army Ethic: The Two Questions Army Professionals Should Ask Themselves

Exegesis. While this may not be a word that is often or ever used in everyday conversations, it is a very important word. A very basic definition of exegesis is “a critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text.”1 This term is familiar to most pastors and chaplains who regularly look at and wrestle with sacred scriptures. The purpose in doing so, for many, is to uncover the meaning of the particular verse or passage in order to first understand and then to apply what is written… The purpose of this article is to exegete and explain how the Army ethic answers this question while demonstrating that every Army professional regardless of position or rank should always ask themselves (and be able to answer) two basic questions: “Can I?” and “Should I?”

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Field Hygiene: The Intersection of Training, Readiness, Leadership, and Caring for Soldiers

For the most part, field hygiene is an individual Soldier responsibility. Not to be simply conflated with field sanitation or handwashing before chow, field hygiene often occurs as the fourth priority of work. It frequently consists of hoping to have time to brush your teeth and shaving with uncomfortably cold water, primarily so the command sergeant major does not find you unshaven in the field… Relegating field hygiene to an afterthought unnecessarily reduces readiness, degrades training value, and undermines Army senior leaders who prioritize preserving our #1 resource, the Soldier.

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Infantry in Action

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A grenadier with the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment participates in platoon live-fire training on 3 April 2019 at Pohakuloa Training Area, HI. (Photo by SPC Geoff Cooper)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fire an M224 60mm lightweight mortar system during Exercise Rock Shock Two at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, on 14 August 2019. (Photo by SGT Henry Villarama)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment participate in a squad live-fire exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, VA, on 14 March 2018. (Photo by SPC John Lytle)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, descend onto Juliet Drop Zone during airborne operations in Pordenone, Italy, on 1 October 2020. (Photo by Paolo Bovo)

Infantry in Action

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Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division rehearse firing a Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle during an exercise at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, on 24 June 2019. (Photo by SPC Justin W. Stafford)

Infantry in Action

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A platoon leader with 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment echoes a pro-word to his Soldiers during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Schofield Barracks, HI, on 3 August 2018. (Photo by 1LT Ryan DeBooy)