Topics: Leadership, Non-commissioned officer, Soldier Pages: 3 (934 words) Published: January 16, 2013
Today I was task with writing an essay on the importance of being on time at your place of duty. I thought about what I could write about and this is what I came up with. It made me think back to one of my seven army values; Duty. What is my duty? It is my duty to show up at my station of assignment on time if not even a little early. Reasons for this would be that the NCO would know that all personnel are present and ready for the day.

I know that my inability to be at the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform, and with the right attitude reflected poorly on my leadership which is something that I never wanted to happen. I also know that I showed a lack of leadership, selfless service, and responsibility, which are three of my army values.

I know that my inability to lead could later affect a promotions and it affects the trust that my leadership has towards me. I know in order to be a successful soldier I must show leadership qualities at all times. I know by me not showing up for work made it look like I don’t have selfless service. I know that I must put my nation's, my unit's, and my battle buddie's needs before my own in order to accomplish the mission successfully and smoothly. I know that when I failed to show up for duty that I not only showed lack of responsibility but also a lack of discipline.

I have learned that the account of people is very high because if one person is gone it could mess up and crew or any team that plays a big role into deployment. There are many important reasons that a soldier needs to be at his appointed place of duty on time. Being at your place of duty on time is important because your leadership is held accountable for you and your absence. If you think that you're going to be late you should contact your chain of command and let them know of your tardiness immediately. If you are not at your place of duty then you should expect your chain of command to be calling you or...
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