Story and Photos by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — For the past 10 years, the Army has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. New Soldiers have come into the Army knowing nothing but war.
As the war and deployments come to an end, Soldiers have to get back-to-basics of how the Army came about, and what makes it the respectable organization it is today.
For this reason, Soldiers of the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took part in an officer-led, in-ranks inspection, here, April 27.
Lt. Col Matthew Goodman, commander, 8th STB, served as the inspecting officer.
“One of the things I am looking for is how well my
Soldiers are doing as far as compliance with change of the Class A uniform to the Army Service Uniform,” Goodman said. “Are they working as a team player and taking the initiative to get themselves in the right uniform? Those are the things the command looks for.”
Getting back-to-basics is in the forefront of many conversations of commanders. Teaching Soldiers basic Soldiering skills has resurfaced as a top priority to the Army’s requirements for leaders.
Soldiers, officers and leaders alike are now required to get Soldiers up to speed on uniform inspections, drill and ceremony procedures, sergeant’s time training and proper counseling of Soldiers.
“We are an Army that knows deployment,” said 1st Lt. Nicholas Roth, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th STB. “We’re not the Army that knows the garrison lifestyle. Sergeant’s time training, payday inspections and donning the Tropical B uniforms will help us get back-to-basics.”
If someone asked a Soldier what payday activities are, many of them would give the answer “a half day of work.” Many Soldiers don’t know why payday activities are an essential part of the Army’s history.
“Due to electronic funds transfer, we no longer get inspected to receive pay,” Goodman explained. “In the 8th STB, the tradition and the linage of the inspection will not be lost. These Soldiers will be inspected by me monthly.”
According to the Army Field Manual, which addresses drill and ceremony, an in-ranks inspection, or review, is done to honor a visiting, high-ranking commander, official dignitary, and/or permit him or her to observe the state of training.
“I think the junior officers and junior leaders want to do this kind of stuff,” said Sgt. Maj. Jason Geier, military intelligence sergeant major, 8th TSC. “It is a learning process that they can continue to be improve on.”