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.
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?”
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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