Custom and Courtesies

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A custom is an established practice of doing things which are acceptable within a specific organization, and abhorrence or a refrain from doing things that are unacceptable to such an organization. In the Marines in particular, such customs constitute legislative laws that govern the army or cordial, gentlemen behavior in executing the duties of a military officer or personnel. Military courtesy on the other hand relates to the good relations between and amongst soldiers, fostered trough stipulated gestures and behavior towards, personnel, officers or NCO, depending on the rank. They include mutuality, respect gestures such as salute and standing reveille. Such courtesies are mostly legislated within the army manifesto and are binding to the entire army contingent. However, the gestures have some relaxation and applicatory allowances, offered by the senior officer being accorded the courteous gesture or depending on the circumstances. In this essay, the writer enumerates some of the customs and courtesies, legislative or non-legislative within the organizational unit, with special emphases on the mutual relation between the army personnel and NCO (Non-Commissioned Officers). The writer also illustrates some compromisory tendencies in these customs and courtesy relations, and their impediment to the overall discipline amongst and between the armed forces and other organizational institutions. Such a laxity in the military, if extrapolated to the execution of its duties, can contribute to a mission failure. Customs

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