The Importance of Meeting Deadlines
The United States Army is described by Encyclopedia Britannica as the major branch charged with preserving peace, security and defense of the country. Furnishing majority of the entire U.S. military organization's ground forces, it is also tasked with partly military or non-military functions or such as the administration of federal programs that protect and develop the environment; provision of military assistance to the federal, as well as state or local government agencies; assistance during onslaughts of natural disaster; and the giving of air transpiration for emergency medical use. With its military personnel consisting of the Army proper on active duty, the National Guard and the Army Reserve, the U.S. Army supplies the American forces stationed at the permanent bases maintained around the globe and as well, is tasked with maintaining combat-ready troops for possible deployment in whatever part of the world the President orders ("United States army"). The U.S. Army is the world's second largest, next only to its counterpart in the People’s Republic of China. As of September 30, 2007, there are a total of nearly 540,000 enlisted men and officers in the Army, with over 352,000 National Guard and 205,000 Reserve members (Military Personnel).
Despite such big encompassing responsibilities, and a large number of personnel, the U.S. Army is probably one of history's most efficient military organizations in the world. It has been one of the most successful national armies, partly explaining the success of U.S.A. as a superpower for over a century since the turn of the 19th century. An underlying factor behind this success is the admirable level of military discipline found in the U.S. Army. Section 654 of Chapter 37 of the U.S. Code, high standards of discipline, along with morale and good order, comprise the essence of U.S. military capability. Part of this important military discipline is the ability of every Army unit and the entire organization itself to meet deadlines. The importance of meeting deadlines for any specific task is perhaps best articulated by the quote: Proffer No Excuse. Never volunteer excuses or explain a shortcoming unless an explanation is required. The Army demands results. More damage than good is done by proffering unsought excuses. Meeting deadlines is indispensable if the U.S. Army is to continue being an efficient military organization in terms of defending the interests of the nation on foreign grounds, protecting the country’s internal security, carrying out non-military civic, environmental and other responsibilities. The Army is not the only entity demanding results from its units--the entire military organization, the President and the entire government and country demands results. These results may be victory in battles or other successful operations, but it is important that these be accomplished successfully within the targeted deadlines. When successful results are not presented by an Army unit on time, the entire Army suffers through a sort of domino principle effect: the timetable of the company or battalion or the unit is reset in at least one area, and for important missions, perhaps for the entire Army as well.
Meeting deadlines in the U.S. Army has countless forms or tasks. From surveillance operations, pre-combat operations to actual combat, to non-military phases of operations, to clean-up operations, all unit tasks are important for a huge organization tasked with the defense and peace preservation of America. Crucial are the results--done within the deadlines set. There is practically no acceptable reason for being late in the Army, which operations are done with clockwork precisions in general. When deadlines for missions or other tasks are not met, the timetables of the entire unit, the larger unit encompassing it, and the whole Army are affected. The Army unit becomes inefficient, and to an extent, the entire...
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