In today’s army, being on time can be a paramount activity. Consequences for not showing up on time can be disastrous. In a normal job, you get up, go to work, and come home, and that is the limit of the level of involvement. The army is not one of those jobs. In the army we are constantly training our mind and bodies for a combat environment. In such an environment, the level of involvement must be much higher. It is understood that any mistake, however seemingly small can have extreme consequences. Among those consequences are situations which can lead to soldiers losing their lives.
Although the previous mentioned situation is extreme, it is not all together unlikely. Habits developed in training are expected to show themselves in the battlefield. A soldier who exhibits’ a military way of life, with care to physical fitness, mental readiness, and punctuality have a much better chance of survival. It has been said that all that is necessary to be successful in the army is to be in the right place, in the right time, in the right uniform. That, if a soldier can accomplish that, their leaders will that them through any and all tasks.
Being at the place of duty at the correct time is critical because every soldier is waiting on a member of the team. Each unit is given so many personnel. Each unit is also tasked missioner. The soldiers in each unit work as a team, with a tempo and common expectation to fulfill the mission at hand. Being late is not an option in the army. Whether it’s getting ready to walk behind the lines of the battlefield or in the FOB turning wrenches, being focused, mission ready and on time is heavily important to the task at hand to get the mission complete. Not being punctual causes changes in schedules.
Majority of the times its best to be on time simply because it shows that you are responsible and professional at what you do. Showing up late makes you come off as flaky and people will think that you do not care about your career. Even though showing up on time to an appointment shows responsibility and professionalism, showing up early is even better. Showing up early shows that you are not only responsible but are a hard worker and truth worthy as well. The decisions I make every single day does not just affect myself, I must remember that my actions can affect everyone around me.
This statement hold most true when we speak the importance of being on time. Military wise, tardiness is just plain unacceptable. As United States Army soldiers, we are held to a higher standard. There are many reasons why soldiers are to receive corrective action for failure to be at ones place of duty at the time specified. That one late soldier is not only affecting himself, his actions may very well affect his whole unit. That one late soldier could put an adverse effect on the whole mission. The United States Army as a whole, would be a much more proficient unit, if every soldier were always on time.
I do know what is expected of me. I know that I am expected to do what I am told by a superior. I know if I fail, there will be consequences. I know these consequences are designed to teach me to correct the way I conduct myself, so in that battlefield I will not make such critical mistakes. I understand that I need to demonstrate to my military leaders that I have the capability to be on time. I understand how absolutely important being on time is. The United States Army depends solely on it soldiers. The military would not be anything without the soldiers.
When soldiers are not there to perform their duties or they are late then the unit loses efficiency. Time management is a very large part of success, whether you’re military or civilian. By being assigned a task what we are to perform daily, we assume a pattern of living comparable with many other tasks given to us. When a part of our job considered to be mandatory becomes a task performed out of second nature, we being to perform all duties in a similar fashion. Unger the rigid and disciplines structure of military life there is no margin for error.
The slightest modicum of hesitation can result in the tragic loss of innumerable lives. There are many circumstances where a failure to be prompt could have dire consequences. Under certain circumstances not arriving for guard duty at the designated time could allow a breach of security that could ultimately end in losing lives. Punctuality is an essential facet of military discipline. Therefore punctuality does of a direct correlation to the soldierly appearance and combat readiness of a unit. Without punctuality there can be no discipline. Without discipline we cannot efficiently do our job.
Scheduling the work day is one of the most important duties any leader in the Army or the Armed forces in general, tackle each and every day. Being at the right place at the right time for any member of the Armed forces is extremely essential to the defense of the entire United States of America. It's because of this that being on time is remarkably important. Dependability, accountability, consistency and discipline are all crucially important for all members of the armed forces. Being on time shows that a soldier is dependable and has his or her priorities straight.
Being where one needs to be at the right time always one of the most important aspects of being a soldier. Failure to be on time not only hinders mission ready capability and readiness, but also can without a doubt cost unnecessary loss of life. It is important to realize that it is necessary for those in the Armed Forces are held to a high standard. Punctuality remains and always will be an extremely vital aspect of military bearing and discipline. It has a direct correlation to soldierly appearance, combat readiness, mission effectiveness, and essentially every aspect of military life and responsibility.
I cannot place enough emphasis on how important being on time constantly is. For instance; a soldier who is late or does not report at all to a place at the time ordered effectively compromises and diminishes the efficiency of which the task or mission at hand can be completed. In an extreme case a soldier who is not on time to relieve the current guard's post would cause the combat effectiveness and readiness of the unrelieved guard to be greatly reduced. This would be caused by fatigue, or lack of supplies, etc. Consequently the guard on post could be compromised and the security of the area or FOB could be breached.
These things do occur, however, they can undoubtedly be avoided by merely, once again, by being on time. In the United States Military, tardiness is unacceptable. I could write a bunch of excuses on why I was late but the fact of the matter is, there is no excuse. In life and especially in the Army you have to understand that there are consequences for every action that you take, and no matter if there is an excuse you always have to remember that there are no excuses in life. When I am late I risk letting my battle buddies and noncommissioned officer s down. I have also learned that you cannot depend on anybody, to wake you up.
It is my full responsibility to wake myself up and be on time. I am the one that put myself in this situation so I am the one that has to fix it nobody can fix what I mess up. I have to learn from my own mistakes and try my best not to make the same mistakes in the future. Being on time is very important. If there is important information that I need to know at a certain time and I show up late I risk not knowing the things I need to know. For example if I was told to be up at the TOC to get information on a mission and I showed up late and missed that information, I could be putting my battle buddies in danger.
Or when I am told to be on time for extra duty and I show up late I show that shows irresponsibility on my part because it makes it look like I do not care. I did the crime so I have to do the time that is put before me. When I am late it makes everyone else run behind which then makes all my battle buddies wait on me. Not to mention that when everything is running behind and then we all have to end up staying later than we would have had to in the first place. It makes the whole day very hectic and then people get irritated easy. It would make things run much smoother if everyone was on time all the time.