This lesson discusses the US Army's environmental self-assessment program.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Describe the Army's environmental self-assessment program.
You will be given all material contained in this lesson. You will work at your
own pace and in your own selected environment without any supervision.
You will correctly answer questions on the practice exercise at the end of the
The material contained in this lesson was derived from FM 4-04.4 (3-100.4), AR
200-1 and TVT 5-56.
Unit-level environmental programs require guidance and support from the chain of command. In
developing a unit program, leaders incorporate environmental protection measures into unit SOPs and
ensure that personnel receive appropriate environmental training. Major Army commands (MACOMs)
conduct environmental-assistance visits to ensure that installations comply with appropriate
environmental laws. Unit leaders coordinate with the installation's environmental office and their higher
HQ for assistance visits and compliance audits within the unit area. Unit leaders or their designated
representatives can also conduct self-assessments to determine how well their unit is following
6-1. Environmental Compliance. The Army determines environmental-compliance status in two
ways. Federal, state, and local regulatory agencies conduct formal compliance audits and spot checks on
installations and report their findings to the military chain of command and the Environmental-
Compliance Assessment System (ECAS), an Army program that provides installation inspections.
Installations conduct internal evaluations, while Army MACOMs conduct external evaluations. Federal,
state, or local inspections may result in civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance with environmental
laws and regulations. Self-assessments may be conducted using the installation status report software, or
unit leaders may choose to use a general checklist found in FM 4-04.4 (3-100.4), Appendix H, to assess
unit environmental compliance.