Maj. Gen. David Quantock, U.S. Army provost marshal general, met with Fort Bragg leadership Sept. 26, at Old Bowley Elementary Auditorium to cover the Army 2020 Generating Health and Discipline in the Force, Report 2012, referred to as the Army Gold Book.
The briefing and discussion focused on major crimes and trends, important health issues such as PTSD, comorbidity and suicide and prevention.
During the discussion phase, Quantock not only emphasized the need to continue the Army’s campaign to counter the stress associated with more than decade of war, but he also challenged Army leaders to be more present in the lives of Soldiers.
“To ensure Soldier health and discipline, leaders must be fully engaged in the lives of their Soldiers at all times,” said Quantock.
Quantock went on to commend the Army for its advances in information technology, but stressed that face-to-face discussion was vital to the everyday mission of leadership.
“It’s that one-on-one discussion that best (help) identifies Soldiers who are at-risk or engaging in high-risk conduct,” said
The briefing shed light on the goals of the Army, but also put the onus back in the hands of leaders to invest more in getting to know the Soldiers who serve under them.
Understanding how Soldiers perform while they work is only a part of the solution, said Quantock.
“While the large majority of our Soldiers conduct themselves in accordance with the Army values, we need to take back the barracks as this is critical to Soldiers health and discipline.
Army Gold Book analysis clearly demonstrates the magnitude of crime occurring in high density housing such as barracks.
“Leaders also need to become more involved in how and where their off-post Soldiers and Families are residing. Simply stopping by their homes to check on our Families can be very informative and shows care and helps to get to the left of problems before they develop.”
Taking care of Soldiers and Families starts at the top and the challenge is not just the responsibility of a few.
“Critical to leaders being engaged is ensuring they have 360-degree awareness of issues impacting their Soldiers,” said Quantock.
“For that reason, the Army is implementing a number of initiatives that leverage technology to better inform commanders of health and discipline issues involving their Soldiers.”