The Responsibilities of a Soldier
As an opening I will be giving a short summary on the different responsibilities a soldier has and what I will be covering in this essay. The Army itself is a large responsibility that every soldier has. As I’m often told it’s the little stuff that really matter because all the little things amount to bigger things. Each and every soldier is responsible for their appearance, being on time, physical fitness and a good deal of other thing that form their responsibilities. It’s all these little things that help make up a good soldier. A single soldier can make a big impact on other soldiers around him. This impact can be for better or for worse depending on how the soldier presents himself. No one wants to see a bunch of raged bums in the army. Being in the right uniform, at the right place, at the right time shows a basic level of self discipline and motivation. As other soldiers take notice of someone doing these things it can help motivate them to further improve on themselves. However there is an opposite side to this. If a soldier is always late, in dirty or messed up uniform, or not at the right place it can influence others in a negative way. It can cause others to not to care as much about their responsibilities and loss of motivation. It is the soldiers’ responsibility to follow the guidelines set down by the Army regulations, NCOs, and officers appointed over them. During the course of this essay I will be going on a in depth explanation of the guidelines covering appearance, importance of rank structure, punctuality, and discipline. I’ll start off the main part of the essay by saying that a good portion of what is written in this essay is knowledge from AR 670-1 Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia. The rest will be based on personal opinions and thoughts. The first thing I will be going over is discipline. Discipline is rooted deep into the core of the United States Army. The amount of discipline that is instilled and required in the army. Without discipline there can and will be a variety of detrimental effects not only on an individual but it will reflect in the unit as a whole. Good discipline is very important to the cohesion of a unit. Good discipline can be shown in a number of ways. Anywhere from showing up on time to standing a parade rest when talking to someone of a higher rank or position of attention if it is an officer. A lack of discipline can also be shown in a large range of ways. Not standing at parade rest or attention, or maybe not addressing a higher up by their proper title. Instilling good discipline starts day one of basic training if not before by your parents. From the beginning you are taught to stand at parade rest and always respond with “Yes, Drill Sergeant” or “No, Drill Sergeant”. Every Non Commissioned Officer in your career will demand respect and will enforce the standards. Showing proper respect to those non commissioned officers, especially those appointed over you, is the most noticeable displays of proper discipline. I showed a lack of discipline by not contacting my team leader Sgt. Stewart, the non commissioned officer directly in charge of my well being even though it was put out in a brief before I went on leave. I showed a further lack of discipline by not properly taking care of my living quarters. The cohesion of a unit largely depends on the discipline of the unit as a whole and each soldier in that unit. Good discipline is shown in a variety of ways. It can be as simple as saying “Roger Sergeant” and standing at parade rest while addressing a non commissioned officer or saluting and greeting an officer with is proper title when you see them. Another simple way of showing discipline is maintaining your personal appearance making sure your uniform is squared away, no random strings hanging off of it, making sure it is clean and serviceable, making sure to have clean boots, coming to work with a proper haircut that is...
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