Sergeant and Deadlines

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My name is PFC Hutchinson, Joel D and this is my essay about meeting deadlines. Deadlines are there for a reason. Without a deadline to meet you could simply drag out whatever it is you’re working on for as long as possible, which is hardly a productive way of working. It is therefore important to meet any deadlines that have been set, because there is an expectation on the part of the Non-commissioned officer that you will come up with the goods within a set time-frame. If you fail to meet a deadline, you are left looking extremely unprofessional, and if you develop a reputation for missing deadlines, this could hamper your career progress. Clearly, then, it is important to meet deadlines for your sake as well as your Non-commissioned officer’s. If you have been set a deadline then the chances are that your Non-commissioned officer is not the only one who is going to be directly affected by your tardiness. Your Non-commissioned officers may have to answer to other leaders and explain to them why there has been a failure to meet the set plans. This reflects badly on them and yourself. If you have been set a deadline you need to meet it. You may not even receive a reference if you did not come up with the necessary items on time, which is why it is essential that you organize your time and learn to prioritize. If you fail to do so, you could find yourself with a growing heap of work that never seems to shrink. You certainly don’t want to find yourself in the position of having to explain to the platoon sergeant or First Sergeant you have been tasked by that you are not going to complete your work on time. It is embarrassing for you and frustrating for your Non-commissioned officers, and you may well incur a penalty involving the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Deadlines are particularly important to meet when you are a leader of soldiers. Deadlines keep your mind focused on what you need to do and by when, but even if you work in an office you may have deadlines to meet. If you want to make a good impression on your senior Non-commissioned officers, you have to complete work on time. You can’t keep putting off what needs to be done when there is an impending deadline. Unfortunately, work doesn’t do itself and so you have to simply knuckle down and get on with it. Otherwise, you could find that your career comes to a standstill. The ability to meet deadlines is something that all leaders expect from their soldiers, which is why failing to meet them is frowned upon. The outcome of failing to meet a deadline obviously depends on how important the task was, but if you want to come across as professional so that you can succeed in your career, you have to learn to manage your time effectively and continue to display sufficient results as you are tasked. The military society can be a tough place to master. There are always leaders telling you what to do, how to do it and when to get it done by. It can seem to be a whirlwind of demands and expectations placed upon you, but it is what has to be done in order to not only get the job done, but to make sure that you are the one still proficient doing the job. There are many reasons why meeting deadlines is important. Reason number one is that the deadlines imposed upon you are not arbitrary dates for the most part. Chances are good that an assignment given to one employee is going to affect the work of multiple other employees. An officer might give the non-commissioned officer or platoon sergeant a deadline to have the technical tasking done by, so it is important that you have that outcome ready when the platoon sergeant needs it. The officer in charge might need to get it to a more senior officer. Meeting your deadline seems a little more important under those circumstances. Another reason why it is important to meet deadlines is that it shows a certain amount of drive and self-discipline. When the platoon sergeant says that the tasking needs to be done by Wednesday, it shows...
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