Respecting Ncos in the United States Army

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Respecting Non Commissioned Officers in the United States Army SPC Tannar W. Pope

The United States Army is one of the most powerful militaries on the planet. It has been said that Non-Commissioned Officers are the backbone of the United States Army. Respect for the non-commissioned officers is integral for any Army mission. Respect is an Army value and as such, should influence a soldier’s actions daily. Throughout this paper I will first define and describe respect in the United States Army, then outline the role of respect in a military environment, how respect empowers non-commissioned officers to lead soldiers and how showing respect to superiors and subordinates builds habits that will save lives in a deployed environment. Finally I will outline the role and responsibilities of a non commissioned officer in the United States Army. These subjects are part of the reason that I and other soldiers respect non-commissioned officers in the United States Army. According to Merriam-Webster, respect is a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation, an act of giving particular attention or consideration to, giving high or special regard or esteem to, the quality or state of being esteemed and the expressions of high or special regard or deference. In the United States Military, furthermore the Army, respect should be given without personal biased or towards race, religion, ethnicity, age, or gender. There are two aspects of respect in the United States Army. Respect for the person; which can be earned and lost as in the civilian world. Further, respect for rank; which will be given regardless of personal views and/or biases. In a military environment orders have to be issued and communicated in a moment’s notice. Respect is key in this process. If there is even a slight delay in this process anywhere from commander to soldier; then efficiency and discipline are forfeit. Say that a non-commissioned officer receives the orders from the...
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