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Would you stake your life, right now, on the condition of your equipment?
NEWS | April 28, 2023

Half-Mast Sends: Readiness Starts with You

BLUF: Readiness starts from the bottom up.

Soldier doing PMCS
Photo by Spc. Micah Longmire

This article initially appeared in PS 780 (Nov 17), p. 1.

Operators, you know that most decisions in the Army go from the top down—like when and where your unit and its equipment get sent. But there’s an exception: Information on how ready that equipment is to do its job comes from the bottom up. 

That means the person best suited to determine your equipment’s readiness is you. Remember that the next time you pull PMCS. 

Fix what you can and report what you can’t. If the equipment isn’t ready, report that on the maintenance inspection worksheet. 

Your honest assessment helps your commander determine unit readiness. That’s a big responsibility. Make sure your report tells it like it is.  

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