LC — Stray Rounds
A lieutenant is an assistant OIC at a range when he notices some out-of-the-ordinary actions. A soldier who is struggling to qualify appears to be getting extra rounds.
Upholding individual standards
Unit ethical culture
What’s the Situation?
- You are a battalion assistant S3 as a second lieutenant. You are assisting one of your fellow lieutenants in running an M16 range for the entire battalion. The battalion commander’s guidance is that 100% of the battalion will shoot and qualify. The battalion is a National Guard unit with limited opportunities to shoot.
- You notice that one Soldier is having difficulty qualifying on the range. Despite significant additional assistance, the Soldier is not hitting sufficient targets to earn even a basic qualification score.
- You notice that the Soldier appears to be shooting more than the standard 40 rounds for a qualification table. When you inquire, you find out that the ammunition detail is issuing three 30 round magazines instead of the 40 rounds prescribed by regulation.
- You are not the range OIC. The OIC has conferred with his platoon sergeant and decided to allow this Soldier to have the extra rounds to qualify.
- The commander’s guidance for 100% qualification is prolonging the battalion’s time in the hot desert sun. Other members of the battalion are starting to get irritated.