“Military Bearing” and how it affects the Army as a whole Bearing, put simply, is the appearance and demeanor of a person throughout the activities and circumstances that an individual is seen or observed. An individual is largely judged by others through the bearing that the individual exudes as he goes about his daily affairs, and thus it is very important that the person shows a bearing of competence and professionalism at all times. Militaries since the beginning of recorded history have set individual bearing at the core of the doctrine and values that all persons comprising the force were instilled with from the start of the individual’s service through to the end of his term. Bearing of the individual soldier has always been a key factor separating a successful military unit from a simple band of renegades. The incredible level of individual bearing of the most successful military units soon became it’s own distinct set of values and behavior and was thus known as “Military Bearing”. “Military Bearing” is the standard of individual character that soldiers are expected to portray at all times, on or off duty, in uniform or in civilian attire. “Military Bearing” has an incredibly far reaching effect on the army of today. To understand exactly how bearing affects the army as a whole however, it becomes necessary to take a closer look at the mechanics of the specific aspects of military bearing, how those aspects apply to actions of soldiers, and apply those effects systemically to the army as a whole. The Soldier to Himself
As stated before, bearing stems from the individual, how he views himself and the people around him being key. In order to exude a “Military Bearing”, the soldier must first have a positive view of himself. How an individual carries himself is one of the first things that another person will notice in relation to one’s bearing. If a soldier views himself as small, insignificant, or weak it will show in how he carries himself. That...
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