The Importance of Being on Time

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I have showed up for weapons draw late. As a result of my actions I am serving my punishment in the form of this RBI. In the United States Military, tardiness is unacceptable. I could write a bunch of excuses on why I was late but the fact of the matter is, there is no excuse. In life and especially in the Army you have to understand that there are consequences for every action that you take, and no matter if there is an excuse you always have to remember that there are no excuses in life. When I am late I risk letting my battle buddies and noncommissioned officer s down. I have also learned that you cannot depend on anybody, to wake you up. It is my full responsibility to wake myself up and be on time. I am the one that put myself in this situation so I am the one that has to fix it nobody can fix what I mess up. I have to learn from my own mistakes and try my best not to make the same mistakes in the future. This is not the first time I have been late I need to either buy an alarm clock or go to bed earlier. Being on time is very important. If there is important information that I need to know at a certain time and I show up late I risk not knowing the things I need to know. For example if I was told to be up at the TOC to get information on a mission and I showed up late and missed that information, I could be putting my battle buddies in danger. Or when I am told to be on time for extra duty and I show up late I show that shows irresponsibility on my part because it makes it look like I do not care. I did the crime so I have to do the time that is put before me. When I am late it makes everyone else run behind which then makes all my battle buddies wait on me. Not to mention that when everything is running behind and then we all have to end up staying later than we would have had to in the first place. It makes the whole day very hectic and then people get irritated easy. It would make things run much smoother if everyone was on time all the time. And were they need to be. Me being late causes every one else pain in waiting on me. And nothing works right if a peace of the watch is missing the clock does not work. So being on time makes the clockwork as a unit (as a whole). So when your NCO sets rules and boundaries for a reason. So when your NCO tells you were to be, be there and do not ask. Your NCO tells you that you need to be on time, therefore you need to be on time or be were you are supposed to be. Your NCO is only trying to help you. They want what is best for you and the army, and what is best for the army, is best for you. You may wonder, "Well how does my NCO know what is best for me?" Well, let me answer you that. He knows what is best because he is in that position for a reason. He has worked hard to be higher ranking than you, and in that hard work has come experience and plenty of knowledge. Another thing about being late is that fact that I would really like to move up in the army. I would like the respect and to get more pay for my future family. But I can't expect to move up very fast, or at all even, if I'm not following simple rules such as being on time and being were I need to be. If high-ranking soldiers were late all the time than they would not be were they are today. Imagine if you were on a war field and you were counting on your fellow soldier to bring you more ammo for your M-4, what if they were late doing that. That would not be very good at all, now would it? You need to be able to count on all of your battle buddy’s. Being at the appropriate place of duty at the correct time is a vital element of being a respectable soldier. Being at the right place at the right time is particularly important, reason being is to make certain orders are carried out and to ensure a steady tempo. A soldier cannot exceed in the United States army if he or she is constantly late and at the wrong place. A soldier who truly wants to succeed in the military must go out of his or her way to get squared away on...
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