Conserve and preserve natural and cultural resources so that they will be available for
present and future generations.
Soldiers can support these efforts by--
Complying with installation environmental policies, unit SOPs, ARs, and environmental
laws and guidelines.
Preventing environmental damage and pollution by reducing, reusing, and recycling
3-2. Personal Responsibility. Everyone faces situations that require him or her to make decisions
concerning the environment. The decision may be whether to empty a bucket of solvent on the
ground or carry it to an accumulation point. To make good decisions, ask yourself the following
What are my orders? Look to your leaders for guidance, and ensure that you understand
what they expect. If instructions are unclear or confusing, ask for help. Review unit
SOPs for environmental guidance.
What have I been trained to do? Ask this question in the absence of specific orders or
guidance. This manual provides guidance on how to perform tasks in an environmentally
safe manner. Following these guidelines ensures compliance with federal environmental
What does my concept of right and wrong tell me to do? Ask this question in the absence
of training and orders. Most people know when an action will harm the environment. Do
not perform environmentally dangerous tasks without proper guidance, especially if you
have not been trained on the task or if you doubt it is correct.
3-3. Summary. The Army expects soldiers to share its vision of environmental protection. By
complying with environmental regulations, preventing pollution and conserving resources, soldiers
can support the Army's vision and its environmental goals.