Importance of Punctuality

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Importance of Punctuality

Punctuality is not only important as a United States Sailor but also as a properly functioning member of society. I feel punctuality ties well in the core value of honor and commitment. Punctuality is also important in maintaining respect amongst your colleagues. Punctuality is a vital piece of the puzzle for the completion of the mission. When I think of the connection between punctuality and commitment, I think about the real life scenario of life and death on the battlefield. In a highly kinetic environment like the battlefield, arriving where you need to be in the appropriate time can directly influence the life or death of one of your shipmates. It is highly important that those who you work for and work for you can be able to trust that you will be where and when you are supposed to be at all times. It is important that we always remain aware of our need to maintain accountability amongst ourselves and those who work with us and be on time because every minute counts. “It has been said that time is money. That proverb understates the case. Time is a great deal more than money. If you have time you can obtain money—usually. But though you have the wealth of a cloak-room attendant at the Carlton Hotel, you cannot buy yourself a minute more time than I have, or the cat by the fire has.” –Arnold Bennett, How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day, 1910 When you don’t use punctuality, you are damaging people’s trust in your abilities as team member. Without trust, functioning as a military member and a healthcare provider would be near impossible. Punctuality is also a direct order from the chain of command which a military member should follow and not being on time is disobeying a direct order which will lead to losing the trust of your chain of command and their respect too. “Soldiers should be minutemen. Punctuality is one of the most valuable habits a soldier can possess.” –Christopher Columbus Andrews, Hints to...
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