Being a soldier in the Army means understanding the Seven Core Values and living up to them. One of the Seven Core Values is respect. Soldiers are expected to obey and respect the orders of their senior leaders. What is respect? Respect can be in various forms. It can be knowledge self awareness, trust, character, honesty, understanding, and a positive attitude. Without respect flowing in the chain command, the Army today would not exist.
NCOs have gone through schools and have put in hard work throughout their years of service in the army. They have been approved by the chain of command that they are eligible to lead junior soldiers in the battlefield. In combat situations, they are expected to protect junior soldiers’ lives and lead them towards completion of mission. These are the reasons why they have earned the position of non-commissioned officer and should therefore be respected. However those tasks would be impossible to be satisfied without respect from junior soldiers. Absence of respect may cause disobedience to orders which will most likely put soldiers’ lives in danger and mission failures. Therefore, giving respect to an NCO is an important role as a soldier in the United States military.
Respect is very important not only in combat situations but also in non-combat situations. It keeps the harmony and balance in the workplace, enhancing the work efficiencies. Mutual respect helps reduce workplace stress, prevents conflict and problems. This leads to better communications and teamwork. Furthermore when a person feels that they are being respected from other person, they are approached by feeling of trust and will become more likely to put faith into that person. Giving to others can be seen as a form of showing respect.
Failing to show respect to your superiors may lead to punishments that will make you look bad to others. Punishments will be given out to whoever disrespects or does not listen to a non commissioned officer. Furthermore disrespecting an NCO may lead to UCMJ actions. With the UCMJ the soldier could lose rank, lose pay, extra duty, getting discharged, or even getting jail time depending on how bad or sever the violation is. It may also prevent the soldier from going to schools, or promotion boards.
After writing this essay, I understand that respect must be present between ranks disrespect is not tolerated in the Army. I now realize that I have been disrespectful to my NCO. I apologize for this and will try to show more respect when identical situation occurs.