THE ARMY, THE SOLDIER, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
This lesson discusses the US Army's environmental position and explains the four environmental
pillars as they relate to training and operations.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
You will learn to describe the Army's environmental position as it relates to
Army training and operations.
You will be given the material contained in this lesson. You will work at
your own pace and in your own selected environment with no supervision.
You will correctly answer questions on the practice exercise at the end of the
The material contained in this lesson was derived from AR 200-1, AR 200-2,
FM 3-100.4, FM 6-22, TC 3-34.489, US Army Environmental Strategy into
the 21st Century, and TVT 5-56.
To accomplish environmental responsibilities effectively, you must know what it takes to be a good
steward in the environmental awareness program. To be a good steward, you must learn and
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.