Why Respect Is Important in the Military

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Why is respect important in the military? Everyone has their own opinions on the subject. Yes, you do need to respect your NCO’s and Commanders. But here is a question for the NCO’s and Commanders do you respect each other? Many people know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage mean. But how often do you see someone actually live up to them. We learned these words before we came in the military. Some soldiers live by these words and others just go by them when they are working or in front of a high rank officer. We need to respect high rank officers but we do not need to respect the person its self out of uniform. You gain respect from the person, not everyone has respect for each other. Tell me why I have to respect someone out of uniform if we do not have respect for each other in uniform. Respect within the Military basically means treat others as you would want to be treated. It is one of the basic Army Values. It is by far one of the most important values that we have. It is the one that keeps everyone acting polite and curiosities towards everyone. This is one of the NCO’s basic responsibilities to make sure that everyone has respect. This is something that everyone has to make sure that they are teaching everyone at an early time once they arrive into the unit. Even when a person first enters the Army they are taught the meaning of respect within the Military. Sometimes in the Military we often lack respect when we don’t truly understand the meaning of the word. We throw around the word 'respect' very glibly, as a single cure-all for everything we do. But respect is not just one term. It carries six other dimensions within it. Respect starts with curiosity. When we show a person curiosity is sets the basics for future meetings and the ability to take care of the person in a time of need. Disrespect can be found in many different forms. One form of disrespect is verbal. If you do not say...
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