Good Order and Discipline
For the military leader, the maintenance of good order and discipline is essential for a military force to be effective. An undisciplined military force is a losing one (Hoversten). General Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest military leaders of all time and was firm when it came to discipline. It was important to him that his soldiers understood that, in addition to efficiency, discipline guaranteed a solder’s safety; that if his forces did not prepare themselves for war when they had a chance, they would pay dearly (McBride). Discipline can be best defined as “a state of training, resulting in orderly conduct.” (McBride). This “state of training” must be achieved as well as maintained during peacetime so come wartime our forces are well prepared. The maintaining of good order and discipline sometimes calls for a supervisor or commander to intervene and advocate for the best interest of their troops. However, other times it includes the imposition of administrative censures or even non-judicial or judicial punishment (Hoversten). Maintaining an atmosphere of good order and discipline is really a matter of how one perceives their surroundings. If soldiers are happy, lead with authority, are recognized for their achievements, and are treated fairly, they will respond by performing their assigned duties to the best of their ability (Navy Advancment 3-9). Those seniors who are most consistent in decision making and treatment of subordinates are those who subordinates are more willing to follow. These leaders both reinforce and discipline behavior to guide subordinate’s development, to live according to the Army values, to teach moral principles, ethical theory and leadership attributes. Behavior is the manner of conducting oneself; it is the response of an individual or group to its environment. (FLW EO Office). Good order and discipline sets the standards of appropriate behavior for the individual and the group. It allows the...
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