Importance of Not Being Late in the Army

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In today's army, being on time can be a paramount activity. Consequences for not showing up on time can be disasterous. In a normal job, you get up, go to work, and come home, and that is the limit of the level of involvement. The army is not one of those jobs. In the army, we are constantly training our mind and bodies for a combat environment. In such an environment, the level of involvement must be much higher. It is understood that any mistake, however seemingly small can have extreme consequences. Among those consequences are situations which can lead to soldiers loosing their lives.

Although the previously mentioned situation is extreme, it is not all together unlikely. Habits developed in garrison are expected to show themselves in the battlefield. So it can be said that every aspect of a soldiers life, both in garrison, and in the theater of battle should resemble each other. A soldier who exibits a military way of life, with care to physical fitness, mental readiness, and punctuality has a much better chance of survival.

It has been said that all that is necessary to be successful in the army is to be in the right place, in the right time, in the right uniform. That, if a soldier can accomplish that, his (or her) leaders will get him (or her) through any and all tasks assigned to them. That if a soldier needs assistance, all they need to do is ask for it.

I do know what is expected of me. I know that I am expected to do what I am told, when I am told to do it. I know what my first line supervisor tells me to do is an order from a superior, and I have no choice but to execute. I know if I fail, there will be consequences. I know these consequences are designed to teach me the correct way to conduct myself, so in the battlefield I will not make such critical mistakes.

I understand that I need to demonstrate to my military leaders that I have the capability to be on time. I understand how absolutely important being on time is. I know that not...
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