Being on Time and Accountability

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Being on time

Introduction and Thesis

On the morning of Tuesday the 25th of January, I arrived late to a room inspection conducted at the barracks at 0700. As part of my corrective training for this incident I will being teaching you all a class on the importance of being on time and how being late can affect your career in the Army.

The important aspects of being punctual include performance at work, combat readiness, and accountability.

Our first point of discussion will be performance at work. Simply put, being late means you are not performing to standard and putting your fair share in. Showing up after everybody has started working already causes the job to take longer. Another soldier or NCO will have to stop what they are doing to brief YOU on the mission. Taking time away from getting work done and possibly causing EVERYONE to work later. Therefore, one person being late causes the whole team to suffer. Being late can also be a safety hazard. For instance, I could be welding at my station that is, as you see, located close to a door; everyone at formation was briefed to NOT enter that door, but because you were late and missed that information, your ass walks through that door and is blinded for the next 5 - 10 minutes by the brightest damn light you will ever see in your entire life. Seeing the arc flash without proper eye-protection, that shit sucks, I've done it multiple times.

Our second topic will be combat readiness and deployments. The ramifications of being late in a combat environment is exponentially worse. Someone who is late often is not dependable. Would you want to have an undependable person entering and clearing a room or putting a tourniquet on you in combat? Another example is a soldier who is not on time to relieve the current guard's post. You have just caused the combat effectiveness and readiness of the unrelieved guard to be greatly reduced risking the security of the area or FOB could be breached. An extreme...
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