The Importance of Following Army Regulations
The army regulations have been put in place to create a standard to uphold, measure abilities, and create uniformity throughout the organization. Army regulations have been a guideline since the time of Barron Von Stueben, a Prussian officer commissioned by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. Von Stueben knew then that all soldiers needed a guideline and a standard to be upheld to. Standards from physical fitness, marksmanship, and even drill and ceremony. Von Stueben created the first army doctrine, “Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States”, which later came to be known as the “Blue Book”. Army regulations, pamphlets, field manuals, and memorandum for records provide the necessary guidelines to instill discipline. The guidelines and standards teach soldiers to maintain good order and discipline by adhering to strict, black and white, no nonsense standards. The standards are enforced by leaders to subordinates, peers, and seniors alike so that combat discipline will not suffer. Soldiers are expected to maintain excellent military bearing and discipline and attention to detail by referring to the appropriate publications to maintain their discipline. In order to keep soldiers informed of new, improved, or changed standards a message or memorandum of record will be made to correct the faults in the appropriate publications. As leaders, the responsibility falls on us to not only enforce the standard but learn and abide by the new standards set forth by the army. The army attempts to keep all components informed by publishing and releasing new changes to leaders but will ultimately fall upon the soldier, the non-commissioned officer, or officer to keep themselves and the ones they work with informed. The army created a standard for all soldiers to adhere to and in the most idealistic sense requires all soldiers to not only enforce but uphold. The army also...
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