"Respect Toward Your Superiors" an essay by Sgt Brown, Evan, M.
Topics: Respect, United States Army / Pages: 7 (2759 words) / Published: Jul 20th, 2005

"He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded." Proverbs 13:12-14 NIV. There are only forty five instances of the word respect in the NIV bible. I try to live my life as though I were being watched by God Himself, because I believe that I am. I try, and hopefully achieve, to show respect to all people, NCOs and Officers, I even call civilians "sir" and "ma'am." As a Christian I know that I am an example for God, and the only way some people will ever see God is through me; my actions and words. I know the power that God has in my life and how He would like for me to act by constantly talking to me. Some people call the voice of God their "conscience," a feeling or a still, small voice that they "should have listened to." My wife is a very spiritual person and hears the voice of God clearly, like a person's voice and not a still, small one. She often acts as my guide in matters that I am facing, and if I don't listen to her advice, it often ends badly. I say that to say that I once had a problem with respect and saw my superiors as only the people that they were and not the rank or position that they held. She warned me to start to treat my superiors with the respect that they get as a certain rank and not normal people; she would not have said if God had not had talked to her because she is a civilian and knows very little about the ways of the military.

Respect by definition is the "willingness to show consideration or appreciation." In terms of military respect, as in the LDRSHIP acronym, respect is to "Treat people as they should be treated." And in the soldiers code, we swear an oath to "treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same." With respect being defined so many ways, how is one to tell which to choose from? A seemingly obvious answer is the "Army's way." But to those who serve a higher calling it would be God's way, or even the non-believing military rationalists might word respect

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