Respect started with prehistoric bands of people, looking for experience and leadership, and remains today as we know it within societies and militaries around the world. Indeed, nothing with an organizational hierarchy, including civilization itself, could exist as we know it today without the ongoing application of respect, in its many forms. This fact is most obvious, and can not be illustrated any further, than by looking at the worlds militaries, and by observing customs, courtesies, and policies of different military organizations, past and present. If one researches ancient armies and navies, it would not be hard to see, that while it took many hundreds of years for some civilizations to come into contact one another for the ﬁrst time, and while each one has its own unique culture, language, and traditions, the application of respect is universal around the world and throughout history. And while that implementation is unique to the culture, times, and military situation, there are very clear similarities that show respect was and is an inherent human trait.
Respect for noncommissioned ofﬁcers is one of the most important things to maintain as a junior enlisted soldier in the United States Army. Failing to do so encourages behavior otherwise inappropriate to the workplace and military life in general.
Noncommissioned ofﬁcers are the backbone of the
United States Army, and maintain discipline among the ranks. When an enlisted soldier disrespects an
NCO, it robs them of the power to do their job correctly. When not respected by their soldiers,
NCOs are reduced to yelling and "corrective training" to get their point across, and this rarely works. When an NCO is respected by his soldiers, work gets done and a positive atmosphere is maintained by all.