the example by which I refer to this Oath. Following of orders is given in an implied task on day one. Not following orders also has its own set of punishments. According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), an Article 15 or Article 92 may be placed upon a soldier based on the severity. An Article 15 is known simply as a Nonjudicial Punishment and requires approval by the commander, a Noncommissioned Officer may only recommend an Article 15. Article 15’s are used to deal out “in house” punishments that do not require the use the court martial system.
An Article 92, or “Failure to Obey Order or Regulation” is when the court systems are utilized to punish a soldier for the failure to follow orders or regulations and violations of these orders.Respect Respect, meaning “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements”(Oxford Dictionaries – Respect), is the third Army Value and is a central pillar to the beliefs and principles upheld by the United States Army. These beliefs and principles are representative of this organization and are integral to the behaviors between superior and subordinate, team member to team member, or officer to Noncommissioned Officer, and are central to customs and courtesies that we must all adhere to.
Respect and courtesies that travel both up and down the chain are not only critical, but highly revered and regarded by all. Respect is expected from the lower ranks upward, even if the person demanding the respect is unworthy of that respect. Something I personally have heard that I hold close to my heart is that “You don’t have to respect the person, but you must respect the rank.” Thusly, this concept is interwoven into the mindset of the average soldier. Respect of a Non-Commissioned or Commissioned Officer is expected, else challenging of authority is punishable legally, with reprimandation as a possibility. This concept is an integral part of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), as once somebody joins the US Army, they essentially waive their civilian rights of free speech against a superior, and have little ability to speak their opinion openly and freely without repercussions. Whether you agree or disagree with your superior, a simple “ACK” or “ROGER” is what should be said in compliance of an issuance of orders. Respect also allows and builds upon structure and discipline.
Structure provides order and the necessary balance within an organization or ensure duties and responsibilities. Respect for rank, position, or authority ensures duties and tasks are accomplished by all to the best of their abilities. Respect ensures goals and tasks are executed and met. Respect is reflective also upon one’s own respect and discipline for themselves and others. For example, saluting an officer is a custom and courtesy that hinges on respect. If you do not care about the military, and are rude or disrespectful, and just walk by an officer without rendering a salute, you will most likely get a couple dirty looks and a immediate corrective training from said officer. This same principle applies to a greeting of the day to a senior Noncommissioned Officer. A proper “good morning” to the First Sergeant is fairly respectful.
These examples further solidify the idea that without the basic respect for authority, the military would lack structure, rank, and authority. This lack of respect would and can negatively unit cohesion and individual discipline. At the end of the day, proper respect is needed to overcome interpersonal issues in order to receive and act upon orders necessary to accomplish the mission. In conclusion, I realize that my lack of time management impacted the ability for me to further myself and my career as an individual. The perception of these actions came off as disrespectful, of which was not my intention, nor my purpose or reasoning.
I will utilize this learning opportunity to not make this mistake again and manage my time and efforts more wisely.