June 1, 2022
Inspectors general of the Botswana Defence Force and U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) met May 3-6 in Gaborone to discuss how they help maintain the profession of arms for their militaries.
Inspectors general provide objective advice and oversight to militaries through relevant, timely, and thorough inspections, assistance, investigations, and training. These activities promote and enable resource stewardship, accountability, integrity, efficiency, good order, and discipline, and enhance military readiness.
“Professional armies follow procedures and are accountable to the people they defend, their civilian leadership, and internally to their soldiers,” said Colonel Doug Merritt, SETAF-AF command inspector general. “The trust that results is the keystone to success.”
Inspectors from BDF and SETAF-AF discussed the mission and functions of the Office of Inspector General in garrison and combat environments. They shared information about the selection, certification, and training of inspectors general. Furthermore, they discussed the organizational structure which included the benefits of inspectors general at every level of General Officer command. Finally, they emphasized how assistance, inspections and investigations assisted leaders and soldiers at every level by promoting accountability and transparency.
Such exchange events are key to advancing the Botswana-United States partnership, and they demonstrate commitment between strong and accountable militaries.
For additional information, please contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office at 373-2419 or PASGaborone@state.gov.