Safety Considerations for the US Armed Forces

Do You Know Your Armed Forces?

For years, the United States has taken pride in having one of the best defense forces in the world. The armed forces are so revered in the country that 30 of the 43 Presidents served in the army, with 24 of them taking part in a war. Of them, President Washington and President Eisenhower went on to earn the rank of 5-Star General, while President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Even today the Department of Defense employs over 1.8 million people on active duty, making it the biggest employer in the country ahead of Exxon, Ford, General Motors and Mobil combined. The DoD uses about 4,600,000,000 gallons of fuel annually, which comes down to 12,600,000 gallons a day. If the DoD was a country, it would have ranked 34th in the world in average daily use of oil, just behind Iraq.

In 2013, the United States spent $640 billion on its military, according to a report by Statista. The 1.63 million active servicemen of the five branches (the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy) make sure that the citizens of the country are safe but who takes care of the safety of our armed forces?

The US Spends More than Others
The US Spends More than Others
US Military Spend 2015
US Military Spend 2015

Expand Training Capacities

As they say, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” According to Global Fire Power, America ranked #1 among 126 countries with a GFP Power Rating Index of 0.0897. The available man power in the country stands at 145,215,000, but of these only 120,025,000 people are fit for service.

Expanding the training routine and capacity will not only ensure that the agents fulfill their missions but will also increase their safety levels by minimizing liability. All the agents and officers should receive adequate training, with more classes, better living spaces and shooting ranges being set up for the same. Additional staff, along with instructors, should be assigned on the border, patrolling areas and training the officers on duty.

GFP Top 10

Injury Control

The total land area occupied by the United States military bases is about 15,654 square miles, according to Odometer.com, which is bigger than Washington DC, Massachusetts and New Jersey combined. Thousands of young soldiers go through extensive training on these grounds. When you get involved in such intense physical training, injuries are a common phenomenon. However, most of them could be prevented by keeping in mind a few things, such as:

  • Always ensure proper warm-up before starting your exercises and don't leave without cooling down the body.
  • Be in continuous touch with the trainer and do only the suggested number of sets and repetitions.
  • Perform all the exercises precisely in the order that they have been suggested and if you skip a day, make up for it the next day.
  • If you feel any strain or cramping, do not aggravate it by continuing to exercise.

Most injuries occur on the feet, ankles, knees and legs, but if you take proper rest between the training sessions they can be avoided.

Injuries in Active Duty
Injuries in Active Duty

Using Signs

In 2008, the United States spent $142 billion on military operations in Iraq and $44 billion in Afghanistan. This gives you an idea of what kind of arms and ammunition were being carried around by the soldiers. A small mistake and millions of lives could be lost, including those of the soldiers.

In the military, as with other industries, safety needs to be communicated accurately and precisely. There’s no room for error because someone couldn’t see and understand an instructional marking or safety label, say experts at Clarion Safety. This is why proper signs should be used and every man who is on the mission should understand them.

The army is responsible for searching and mapping most part of the country, while the coast guard seizes 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine, worth about $9,589,000.00 every day! They deserve the highest level safety to ensure that they are able to do their duty for longer.

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