The main reason for this essay is because I did not follow out proper orders and was not at the correct place of duty for PT/Accountability formation at the correct time. Although there was a miscommunication, granted on my half, there is still no excuse for me to miss a formation. I want to be an excellent soldier and I want to excel in the military. The first step I need to put into action is always making sure I am at the appropriate place of duty at the correct time or preferably with time to spare. This is a simple task that is easy and painless to ensure, and it will be accomplished.
Punctuality shows that you are responsible, trustworthy and can follow directions. Punctuality isn't just an order that the Army requires, but also a good personal trait that is a reflection of a person’s character, it shows that you have personal integrity and self-discipline. While some of us are occasionally late due to circumstances beyond our control, habitual tardiness shows a lack of respect for other people and their time. If someone is late continually that shows that they more then likely do not care about what their NCO tells them. Time is a precious gem that should not be wasted at any cost. If you don't use your time wisely, you can never get it back. It is a very special resource in that you cannot store it or save it for later. Promptness is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners, it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness. Lack of punctuality is a theft of someone else's time and a complete lack of respect for others. You should be punctual in everything you do. Punctuality goes hand in hand with military discipline. Recruits are taught to obey, immediately and without question, orders from their superiors, right from the day one of boot camp. Military discipline and effectiveness is built on the foundation of obedience to orders. This is why we are supposed work so well as a team. By following orders from the more experienced leaders who have been doing this for years we are able to work with each other more efficiently.
The dictionary defines punctual as acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt. Punctuality is and always will be, an extremely vital aspect of military bearing and discipline. The slightest degree of hesitation or procrastination can possibly result in severely hindering mission capability and readiness, but also can without a doubt cost unnecessary loss of life even if you are only late by a few minutes. This is one of the big reasons why the military stresses being prompt with everything we do. It is why we have drills to dismantle our weapons and then put them back together. Being prompt does not mean to go unnecessarily fast as to cause the opposite of what is intended (ex. breaking or losing something, getting yourself or someone else hurt). You just need to be aware of the time you have to work with. Under the rigid and disciplined way of military life there is no room for error. There are many circumstances where a failure to be prompt could have consequences. Under certain circumstances, such as those in a combat zone, not arriving for guard duty at the designated time could allow a breach of security that could ultimately end in the murder of your fellow soldiers at the hands of an insurgent. Punctuality in the military cannot be overstated. It is one of the most important things as it relates to the military, yet it is really only a part of what people would call a work ethic.
Being punctual goes hand in hand with dependability. In order for a soldier to be punctual he must be dependable. A dependable soldier shows self-discipline and is a invaluable asset to the unit and to the Army altogether. Dependable soldiers show up at least ten minutes early because in the military world that is the standard and there is no room for error. An old adage for this is timely actions allow no room for untimely Soldiers. The more dependable a soldier...
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