PV2 Limke, Kasaundra 23 July 2010 The importance of discipline and respect Discipline and respect are important in life as well as in the army. Respect is one of the army’s seven values. The seven army values are loyalty, respect, duty, honor, selfless service, integrity, and personal courage. While respect is one of the army values, discipline is needed for all of them. You must have discipline in yourself in order to have selfless service, to do your duty, to have personal courage, as well as loyalty, and honor. And it takes a discipline to respect.
The definition of discipline is 1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline. 2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer. 3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training. 4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc. : the harsh discipline of poverty. 5. behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army. 6. a set or system of rules and regulations. . Ecclesiastical . the system of government regulating the practice of a church as distinguished from its doctrine. 8. an instrument of punishment, esp. a whip or scourge, used in the practice of self-mortification or as an instrument of chastisement in certain religious communities. 9. a branch of instruction or learning: the disciplines of history and economics. Basically discipline is what is needed in order for order and control to be maintained. The definition of respect is 1. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem.
See synonyms at regard. 2. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem. 3. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation. 4. respects Polite expressions of consideration or deference: pay one’s respects. 5. A particular aspect, feature, or detail: In many respects this is an important decision. Discipline is needed in the army to safely train troops to fight. Without any sort of discipline it would be very dangerous during training exercises. Without any discipline the standard to which we are all held to would not be there.
It is needed in order for a standard to be maintained. Without discipline we would not be able to maintain our physical readiness. This is needed to save our lives along with the men and woman standing to our left and right. Discipline is needed to maintain good behavior and order amongst the troops, as well as control. In order to have discipline in a person, a unit, battalion, brigade, respect is needed. Respect and discipline are taught to us from the moment we leave for basic training. While in basic they teach us that any one of higher rank is to be respected.
That any command that they put out is to be followed. This is especially true with junior non commissioned officers, non commissioned officers, officers, and anyone put in a leadership position above you. Any order that they give you is to be followed when they tell you. Do now ask questions later. That takes both discipline and respect to do that. When addressing a non commissioned officer or officer you show both discipline and respect by standing at parade rest for an NCO, or attention for and officer, until told otherwise by them.
The reason it is so important to follow every command given to you by either a non commissioned officer or officer is because during a training drill and when down range fighting, every command that is given to you needs to be followed cause it can be the difference between life and death for you, your battle buddies, and everyone else involved. Discipline is the lifeline of the army. The army follows a certain code of conduct. It demands loyalty to the country and to superior officers.
It demands commodorie and the readiness and ability to cope with an emergency. It is the duty of a solider to obey the orders of his command. It is hard to possibly impossible to put up a brave front against the enemy if it lacks discipline. When in a company or even in the battalion, or brigade, if there is a certain individual who lacks respect and discipline, and shows it to the others in that same area, it can cause moral along with the over all discipline and respect to go down or possible away.
For example if a certain soldier is constantly getting away with not showing respect towards his NCOs or command, or does not have the discipline to do what is he is told to do/needs to do, and the other soldiers in that area witness this often, they will begin to believe that respect and discipline is not so important, since this one individual gets away with it all the time.
This leads to the other soldiers not caring to show the proper respect and to start questioning why they are having to do things. And when it comes time to get a go to the field, and train or actually deploy and fight, and they are told something needs to be done, it’ll be blown off and then at that point people start to get hurt. We have to have the discipline to do what we are told, when we are told it, exactly how we are told it when we are fighting in order to save our lives.
When we forget that, don’t bother to do it, or even question it, we become vulnerable, and in that instance we either get hurt, get others hurt, or worse killed. So while we are back home and safe, we have to train how we will fight, which means that we much remember to respect those in charge of us, those giving us orders, and have the discipline to execute when we are told, how we are told, and with out question or hesitation. By doing this we can train ourselves to be prepared for anything that will come up on deployment.