1-6. Environmental Ethic. FM 6-22 (22-100) defines ethics as principles or standards that guide
soldiers and professionals to do the moral or right thing. The environmental ethic is defined as follows:
"We will take care of the environment because it is the right thing to do."
The Army's environmental ethic is the operating principle and value governing soldiers, units, and the
entire Army. Damage to land, water, and air are reduced by considering the effects of training,
operations, and logistical activities on the environment and by managing hazardous material and waste
properly. Doing what is best for the environment helps ensure that space will be available to conduct
future training. Stewardship is the key element in the Army's environmental ethic. The Army is charged
with protecting and defending the nation and its people, which includes safeguarding the environment.
The Army is entrusted with more than 12 million acres (almost 19,000 square miles) of federal land. The
American people expect the Army to use and manage these resources wisely. The Army's leaders, from
squad leader to company commander, serve as basic environmental stewards. Serving in these positions,
you have a professional responsibility to understand and support the Army's environmental program.
1-7. Strategy. Based on the vision and the ethic, the Army seeks to conduct operations that are
environmentally sustainable, enhance the quality of life, and improve national security. The Army's
strategy is to
Comply with all environmental laws and regulations.
Prevent pollution at the source by reducing, reusing, or recycling materials that cause pollution.
Conserve and preserve natural and cultural resources so that they will be available for present
and future generations.
Restore contaminated sites as quickly as possible.