|The Army is changing the way leaders, Soldiers and
safety professionals receive seasonal safety information, and also is
asking that everyone keep their eyes open for the signs they or their
buddy might be at risk of an accident.
The Army Safe Autumn Campaign, which launched Sept. 4, is the first of
four seasonal installments in this redesign, and additionally serves as
the kickoff for the overarching “Know the Signs” safety-awareness
The Know the Signs campaign is themed around the idea that someone
always knows when a Soldier is at risk for an accident — whether
it’s the Soldier, battle buddies or leaders.
Intervention can be difficult, but it’s often the only way to take
action before a troubled Soldier’s life ends in tragedy.
Each of the four seasonal campaigns will fall under the larger Know
the Signs umbrella.
“No Soldier comes into the Army without certain expectations,” said
Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding
general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness (USACR)/Safety Center.
“Likewise, the Army has its own expectations, chiefly that Soldiers
will abide by their training and standards and act in a disciplined
manner 24/7,” he said. “Unfortunately, we’re seeing that some
Soldiers don’t believe training, discipline or standards apply off
Just shy of the end of fiscal 2012, the majority of the 103 Soldier
deaths occurring off duty have been attributed to indiscipline,
especially regarding privately owned vehicle and motorcycle
A number of leaders at the rank of E5 and above have been involved
in fatal accidents attributed to indiscipline, a fact that alarms
USACR/Safety Center Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Stidley.
“Young Soldiers look up to their leaders, there’s absolutely no
doubt about that,” Stidley said.
“Any leader who willfully disregards the standards he enforces on
his Soldiers is a terrible example and shouldn’t be leading in the
Edens encouraged all members of the Army Family to visit the
USACR/Safety Center home page,
https://safety.army.mil, for more information about the new
“Safety has to be an imperative in our formations,” Edens said.
“These campaigns are one way leaders can make that happen, but tools
are just tools until someone puts them into action.”
(Information provided by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety