Military Bearing, Respect and Discipline

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The United States Army is structured on several values and principles that it upholds, among these are military bearing, discipline and respect. These principles represents what the organization strongly believes in and governs the most basic customs and courtesies that all its members should abide by, otherwise legal repercussion and punishment is enforced that could ultimately result in separation from the organization.

According to Field Manual 6-22, “Military Bearing is defined as having or projecting a commanding presence and a professional image of authority”. One is to observe a sense of calmness even in the most stressful situations, leaders of the United States Army should maintain their military bearing even in situations where it seems chaotic, out of control or a civilian would respond in panic. One may ask why so? The reason for this goes back to situations in where leaders, Non-Commisioned officers and officers would have to make swift decisions in the battlefield that may affect the lives of their soldiers. In a world of chaos, their subordinates are relying on their leaders to make the right decision and trusting that those big decisions made is the best out of all the options given. Leaders should be able to make these big decisions with all his confidence projecting out with his military bearing. A leader should look like a leader, disciplined, confident, and has the skills and abilities to persuade and provide their subordinates with the motivation, direction and purpose so as to accomplish a mission without being easily rattled by problems that arises. Troubleshooting in any given situation, may it be life threatening or not, should be handled professionally in a military manner in where even if you are not sure, you will act accordingly as if you are sure of your decisinon because if your subordinates senses the slightest fear or uncertainty with your decisions, then you just have lost the trust of your soldiers and will likely question and be doubtful of your authority and leadership. Subordinates takes their strength in accomplishing their mission from their leaders who they believe is competent enough to lead them, and leaders in turn will have to be strong enough to provide what is expected of them so mission in place is accomplished. The military bearing of a soldier will usually tell you who they are by just looking at them. Soldiers with messed up ACU’s or class A uniforms tells you that this soldier could likely be a new member of the organization and is still in need of polishing, or that this soldier is just totally screwed up and does not care very much or at all on what his uniform represents or symbolizes to the community in which socially, the army combat uniform signifies discipline, neatness and projection of a no fear image. Military bearing does include the physical appearance of military wear of uniform. Just by one look, one can tell if this soldier is a straightened one or a screwed up one. Soldiers and leaders project who they are on how they wear their army combat uniform, the neatness of hair and if their look is in accordance to the Army regulation 670-1, which governs Army wear of uniform. Name tags, patches, insignias, haircuts, nails, personal hygiene are all included in showing one’s military bearing. In addition to these, confidence and posture shows everyone who you are and what you want other people wants to perceive you as. A commanding voice is also key. Standing up straight, walking with a purpose, and speaking in a loud, clear and concise manner when dessiminating orders from the chain of command will catch your subordinate’s attention and will be regarded as of high importance if this is how you project it to be and how you want your message to be relayed as. Chances are with a good commanding voice, you will not have to repeat yourself and orders will be followed with no problems and questions which...
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