THE ARMY, THE SOLDIER, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
This lesson discusses the US Army's environmental program and explains the four
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
You will identify the Army's environmental program as it relates to Army
training and operations.
You will be given the material contained in this lesson.
You will correctly answer practice exercise questions at the end of the
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following
publications: Field Manual (FM) 22-100, Training Circular (TC) 3-
34.489, and the US Army Environmental Strategy Into the 21st Century.
To manage environmental responsibilities effectively, you must be a good steward in the
environmental awareness program. A good steward must understand not only how the
environment affects everyday training and operations, but also how everyday duties affect the
environment. Soldiers must train to fight a war anywhere in the world without causing or by
minimizing harm to the environment. The military must confront its environmental
responsibilities. Currently, the Department of Defense (DOD) must clean up more than 20,000
sites suspected of being contaminated with toxic materials. The Army is responsible for many of
the sites that are littered with hazards such as paints, solvents, ammunition, and fuel. Preventing
this damage would have been far less costly than cleaning up these sites.
1-1. Environmental Vision. Caring for the environment begins with the Army's vision of
environmental responsibility. The US Army Environmental Strategy Into the 21st Century
describes what the Army expects of its soldiers. It states, "The Army will integrate
environmental values into its mission in order to sustain readiness, improve the soldier's quality
of life, strengthen community relationships, and provide sound stewardship of resources."