Chewing Gum in Formation

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Why You Shouldn't Chew Gum In Formation

Showing discipline and always having a professional appearance are two of the

most important parts of being a soldier and should be treated as such. When it comes

to standing in formation everyone has the same role and follows the same command

so when one person is not doing the right thing it is easily spotted, which is why I was

pointed out for chewing gum in formation. Blatant disregard for the rules is the only

explanation for my actions. It is easy to stray away from the simple disciplines of being

a soldier once your away from basic training and AIT, but maintaining those

disciplines is what separates us from other professions. Regardless of whether your

standing in formation or fighting in Afghanistan a good soldier always maintains the

same behavior and should conduct him or herself in the most professional way day in

and day out. AR 670-1 clearly states and I quote, "Smoking and chewing gum detracts

from a professional image and is not allowed in formations. Although I am not yet an

NCO I should know these AR's by heart and apply them everyday. As a soldier with

over 3 years of experience in the Army there is no reason that I should have to be

corrected on the proper way to conduct myself in a formation. Furthermore I should be

setting the example for the newer soldiers that are just arriving, and also proving

myself worthy of representing this flag on my shoulder and U.S. Army tape on my

chest. Even as I was in formation today I found myself with a piece of gum in my mouth

and corrected myself like i should have and i think that was the point of this corrective

action. In my opinion writing an essay to correct an action is kind of tedious, rather

than the standard smoke session but punishment is punishment. I've spent the last 4

days after work attempting to write as much as possible about why you shouldn't chew

gum...
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