The key to our modern Army is MOBILITY. The Army must be able to move anywhere at any time.
It is your responsibility as a military engineer to provide this mobility. To do this, you must build roads,
airfields, storage areas, maintenance facilities, waterways, and shore facilities. All these construction
projects have one thing in common: soil. Soil is either a construction material or a foundation material
in each of the projects noted. Consequently, if you are going to carry out your responsibilities as a
military engineer, you must have a basic understanding of soils engineering. This knowledge of soils
will enable you to best provide more economical construction.
NOTE: Soils stabilization and compaction are also important in construction projects. If you would like
more information on these two characteristics, study EN5458, Flexible Pavements.