Respect in the Military Essay
1341 WordsApr 28th, 20086 Pages
Respect in the Military
It has been said that military standards are higher than the country demands of its president. And that is true. President Clinton lied under oath.
Perhaps that is not perjury, but an army officer could not do that. Nor could army personnel have extramarital affairs. Kelly Flynn found that out when she lost her position in the Air Force and years of pilot training went down the drain. But for the Commander in Chief, it is another story.
While it is true that the Commander in Chief is able to get away with misbehavior, military personnel have been warned not to criticize him. In fact, the various branches have been reminding troops that they can be prosecuted for publicly condemning the Commander in…show more content…
Thus, just because Clinton admitted to doing the misdeeds, he cannot be criticized by military members. In other words, one cannot accurately talk about
President Clinton without getting into serious trouble.
The military may seem unnecessarily restrictive or antiquated but there is a reason for the mandate. Officers must respect their superiors. It is simple as that. The reasoning behind that is that routines and orders must be obeyed. After all, soldiers are being trained and must be ready to go into combat at any time. The reason that the personnel cannot criticize their leader should be obvious. If a war or conflict were to break out, it would significantly affect performance as well as the world's perception about the
United States. Thus, no matter how one feels, there must be respect given to every single officer all the way up the line to the commander in chief. The fact that Clinton himself has not been in compliance is immaterial. While he is the Commander in Chief he is still considered to be a civilian.
While it is important to give the president respect, respect to Military
Superior Commanding Officers and Non Commission Officers is perhaps even more pertinent. If theoretically, when one is in the trenches with superiors, they must be ready to accept orders willingly. The only way to accomplish this is with respect and military courtesy. Thus, the fundamental purpose of having and enforcing a chain of command with
Show MoreMILITARY BEARING, DISCIPLINE AND RESPECT The United States Army is structured on several values and principles that it upholds, among these are military bearing, discipline and respect. These principles represents what the organization strongly believes in and governs the most basic customs and courtesies that all its members should abide by, otherwise legal repercussion and punishment is enforced that could ultimately result in separation from the organization. According to Field Manual 6-22, “Military Bearing is defined as having or projecting a commanding presence and a professional image of authority”. One is to observe a sense of calmness even in the most stressful situations, leaders of the United States Army should maintain…show more content…
Ultimately, military bearing is a key essential in a soldier’s life, not only because this is what the army wants you to act but also because these is the way to tell other soldiers who you are and where you stand in the code and law of the United States Army. Military discipline is one of the biggest pride of the United States Army soldiers. It is a learned skill that civilians differ from soldiers. This ability, just like little kids in pre-school, is taught in basic training as civilians are transformed into soldiers. As a soldiers progresses through his military career, his military discipline is thought to be solidly carved and polished into his being, not only because he is a soldier but because this is who he is. Minute details on everything that he does, refining and the endless search for perfection on daily tasks and duties, obedience on following orders, taking initiative on self-improvement are some examples of military discipline. I remember countless times when I have been subjected to physical punishment because I have not done a task according to its minute details, and I have learned that through punishment, individuals learn to perfect and accomplish goals more easily. It teaches you and will surely make you not forget and what you are supposed to be doing and what should have been done if mistakes are present. Punishment goes hand in hand