Originally posted by 94Y SSG:
OK, I finally ran into a situation where I was asked why I was walking and smoking. I have been waiting for this not to challenge, but actually see this policy. Anyways, a 1SG stopped me and asked me if I heard of the Army's no smoking and walking policy. I told him I have heard but when I ask to see it, it cant be found. This 1SG then asked if I plan to continue to break Army regulation. I, of course, said no, but asked him what Army Regulation can I reference this to. He, of course said come to his office and he will show it to me and then again I asked, what AR is this policy in so I can D/L it from USAPA and have it for myself. He then said its not in a AR but signed by his commander who is Mayor of the FOB where I am located. I then said ok, I understand that there is a signed local policy which he will show me for which we went to his office and he showed me. My comment to 1SG is this, I understand that smoking and walking, smoking in general actually, does not look professional in many eyes. So I said, why is there smoking areas located generally in the open and not in some cubby, so to speak, to remove the unprofessional look. Secondly, since a local policy so profound on most army installations, why is it not in Army Regulation? I presume to say that there are legality issues. I find that there is no safety issue as with the cell phone and walking as a person talking on the phone is paying attention to who is on the line and not what is going on around him/her. My point is that if it is so unprofessional, make it standard per Army Reg, not local policy. That way the standard is across the Army, and that local commanders don't have to waste time and additional energy to promote something that is so unprofessional.
The issue of "why isn't it an AR rather than a local policy" is because it takes more work to push it to DA to make it an AR. I'm not certain what the exact process is but I'm sure it takes alot of brass to make it happen. However once it becomes an AR, all members of the Army will be required to adhere to the reg, and there are NCO's and a whole slew of officers who tend to act as if they are above the regs and they aren't going to like it when corporal Snuffy tactfully informs them that there conversation or cigarette, however important it may be, should be continued at a stand still. Just my two cents.