Ok, last week I saw a post concerning housing inspections on and off post. The woman said that her husband had informed her that there was an incident within his unit that required a housing inspection due to health and welfare reasons. So, basically, instead of inspecting that one soldier’s home, the entire unit was to prepare for inspections. She was a bit upset about this. She said she didn’t want them coming in and looking through their stuff and claimed it is an invasion of privacy. Now…there were SEVERAL responses to this post. Some said that inspections off post could take place. Some said the off post inspections weren’t legal without a search warrant. And some said it really doesn’t matter either way. The official regulation was brought into the matter and still there was a thickness in the air about this subject.
Now you know I’m gonna throw in my two cents worth on this one!!!
First… an active duty soldier gives up certain rights when he joins the Army. That is a fact. You don’t have to like it and you don’t have to agree with it. But as the spouse, you DO have to grit your teeth on some things and just realize it’s the way things are. Like it or not you married into this type of lifestyle and you have the choice to get out of it. I do not care one way or the other what the regulation says on this particular matter. I would just roll with it! It’s not that huge of a deal! They just take a look around, from what I have been told, to be sure the living conditions are suitable.
Second thing… one of the responsibilities when leading a unit is the health and welfare of the soldiers. The Commander of a unit does not just tend to one soldier when there is a complaint or a situation that is brought to light. He/She looks out for the unit as a whole. Every soldier’s health and welfare should be a priority. I’m not saying everything is as it should be or that everything is perfect…believe me. But this one incident involving the welfare of a soldier could lead to 4 more incidents. Upon doing the inspections 4 more homes may be found that should be addressed. And think about the possible children in those homes. Had the inspections not been done, those children would have suffered longer do to improper living conditions. At least that’s the way I look at it.
Third thing… keep your damn house cleaned!!! If you are raising hell about chain of command doing searches you either live in filth or have something to hide. JUST MY OPINION! And I don’t wanna hear the excuses either. You may work a full-time job and have three kids, but your house can still stay in decent enough order. You could have a friend help out. You could give your children a chore list so that their toys and dirty clothes stay picked up. Hell, there are several cleaning services offered around that have affordable prices. There is really no excuse for your home to be in such bad condition that you fear inspection.
Last but not least…a lot of spouses need to keep in mind that they are SPOUSES…You are NOT a soldier, you are a spouse. You don’t get a say in the matter. You didn’t raise your hand and take the oath. You don’t wear the uniform. You don’t serve in the Army. His chain of command is not yours! They don’t care if you agree or disagree with rules and regulations. The job of an Army wife is difficult, trust me. You are the glue at home and you deal with so much crap on a daily basis and this life would make most civilians go insane. But you are not the soldier. Please keep that in mind.
With all that said…I’m not saying this woman lives in filth or that she has something to hide. I do, however, think most people who complain about this issue have dirty houses or have things to hide. She basically stated that the invasion of privacy was her issue. My advice to her, although she may not want it!, is to just let them take a look around. It’s really not a big deal. I highly doubt they will begin going through your things and turning over furniture.