Lunch wrote:Theft is an honor violation, period. I believe you might recall that the Creed says something about endeavoring to uphold prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps; and also something about keeping ones self morally straight. There has to be a complete level of trust between soldiers, whether it relates to a nasty-ass pound cake sitting next to your ruck, a piece of sensitive equipment in a patrol base, or supplies sitting in some warehouse. If a person is known to steal when he gets the chance, there will always be a level of doubt about that person's integrity. If someone is stealing from his Brothers, there will always be a level of mistrust within the unit. Theft in garrison, when things are looked at closely and accounted for isn't nearly as easy as when things get "iffy" downrange where there's lots of shades of grey. Those who do not view theft as wrong will sooner or later compromise the unit's mission and integrity. Units without integrity don't get good missions. Units without integrity get scrutinized and have little freedom or flexibility. Soldiers in units without integrity don't get promoted or go to cool-guy schools like their peers. Soldiers without integrity are a liability.
So what do I do as a team leader in an envoirment where its practically expected of me to make sure my guys have all their shit by any means necessary? I can't change the culture of the whole battalion, if I did I would be out of my lane. I might be able to put a stop to it in my squad, but I'd just piss off everyone from my PSG down, and put us at a disadvantage when every other squad in the company gets and has all the equipment they're expected to have but are never issued.
This is the reason why I turned down the chance to go SMP and do a few more years to get my commission, becuase its been explained to me that Regiment is a place where this kind of shit is'nt somethig you even have to take into consideration. When I heard the words " a complete meritocracy" I was sold. I'd rather be an E-1 where I can trust the guys to my left and right 100% than an 0-1 constantly having to look over my shoulder.