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Taking over as a tank company executive officer I did not expect to have a difficult first week of work It was a very exciting time for me as I had fought to get promoted to the tank company executive officer position and I had finally achieved my goal After a few days on the job I realized that the prior executive officer was not being forthcoming when he had been reporting the company maintenance status to the company commander and battalion commander Maintenance reports in an armor unit are very important to the success of a company executive officer and the former executive officer had wanted to look good instead of sending the truth The army tracks the number of tanks that are maintenance down very closely because at anytime we may be required to deploy and fight off of those tanks When certain parts are broken on a tank it is non-mission capable which means that it cannot be operated effectively At least every week the companies report the maintenance status to battalion who then forward it to the highest levels of the army The army standard is to have 90 of the battalions equipment primarily the tanks ready to fight I attended the United States Military Academy where from the first day of matriculation you make a commitment to uphold the cadet creed It states A cadet will not lie cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do Throughout my time at the academy I internalized the creed and became unquestionable with my integrity Coming into a situation where my fellow army officer had not been adhering to the same standards was difficult for me While I disagreed with what he had done I developed a good relationship with most of the officers in the battalion and felt a need to try to help my fellow soldier without directly informing my superiors how bad the situation had become The army
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