PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO FOLLOW ORDERS THAT GO AGAINST THEIR MORALS
?Tearful day when, from ashes, man shall rise to be judged guilty.? These are the last words written by the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his “Requiem “, or “funeral mass”. These words also describe the day that the Nazi soldiers were declared guilty and sentenced to death at Nuremberg. In the Nuremberg war crime trials, the Nazis pleaded “not guilty” to charges brought against them regarding the treatment of Jews in concentration camps, by reason that they were simply following orders given to them by superiors.
When most people look at this from emotional human viewpoints, it seems like a perfectly just punishment, and their reasons were simply excuses; but as we look at history, and especially at human psychology a little closer, it turns out that maybe they weren’t given a fair punishment after all…
Humankind has suffered from this type of misjudgment since the beginning of time. The Bible shows us the first time man had to choose between right and wrong was when the serpent tempted Eve with the
forbidden fruit. She knew that it was wrong, but she hadn’t been around for long, and the serpent seemed to know what he was talking about; and so was the beginning of manipulators and those who submit to manipulation. People are, indeed, willing to follow orders that go against their morals.
The underlying problem in this issue is not that the nature of man is to be brutal and without morals, but rather, that not enough people trust themselves with major decisions, and those who do, often use their self-confidence in evil ways, such as manipulating those who seek advice or give bad advice. This is apparent in the smallest ways even today.
One common, yet fairly insignificant situation may involve two women who are shopping together. The first may try on two dresses, and being insecure, ask her friend which dress to buy. The second woman happens to be envious of the first because she has a nicer car (or has another luxury the second does not), and recommends the less flattering or more expensive of the two dresses, as a means of boosting herself up when she’s feeling down.
Another modern situation demonstrating this under-lying problem traces to children. It is a well-known fact that almost all children feel extremely insecure and vulnerable because they are in such an awkward stage in their transition to adulthood.
Therefore they find it necessary to seek large groups of other children to protect them from some undefined, yet powerful fear. They no-longer feel vulnerable, but instead, want to demonstrate their new-found “authority” to other children.
To do this, they will choose an insecure child who isn’t included in a large group, and persistently torment her by calling her names while they are young, and, as they get older, single her out from social gatherings. Sometimes the child is accepted back into the group after she has received her share of emotional beating.
But sometimes, if the child is insecure enough, and the group is fierce enough, she may never find her niche and may suffer this haunting experience all the way through high school, or the rest of her life. This is a definite emergency because the agony lasts long after the tormenting has ceased. She will feel like she is an outcast from society for years, and will never be able
to fully recover. Yet children persist in their cruelty even though they can imagine what it may be like to be on the other side; just because one influential child refuses to let up, the others must follow.
The examples are endless. One popular example that never fails to enrage people is the infamous My Lai Massacre. In the Vietnam War in the village of My Lai, Lt. William Calley received orders to raid My Lai. His forces then murdered 128 civilians; mostly women and children. All he had to do was refuse to carry this out, allowing 128 more people to live, but war is often a stressful time, and people lose their senses, opening their minds so much that they will do anything someone tells them to.
All the examples in this paper follow the same equation:
V + M = E
Vulnerable person/people + Manipulator(s) = Evil deeds
If someone allows himself to be so freely manipulated in such ways, other people will find him an easy target for brainwashing. The best example of this is the recent actions of the Heaven’s Gate suicide cult. All the ingredients were there. The “V” were the actual cult members, who were searching for a new direction for their lives, and were confused about which religions, beliefs, and values to hold as truth. The ?M? was Mr. Applewhite, who led thirty-eight confused, naive people to their death.
He apparently had told them he was dying, and that the other members should also die for him, to join him on his “spaceship”. The “E” was the brainwashing of the cult members, and the actual suicides committed.
The lack of self-trust demonstrated in these examples can take its toll on one’s personality and inhibits his manner of thinking. The feeling that his life is out of control causes a man to lose self-respect since he can no longer make decisions for himself. A man or woman without self-respect feels worthless, leading one’s self into a personal depression, and possibly suicide. The impact this could have on society and the workforce could be devastating.
Employee morale could lower, reducing productivity; and our standard of living.
Going back to the World War II question, practically everyone on earth would say that what the Nazis did to the Jews was horrifyingly wrong. However, the wrong party may be to blame in this case. Most of the Nazi soldiers were young men between the ages of eighteen and forty.
These men had been suffering a massive economic depression, putting thousands of people out of work, and into poverty. Unless they could find a job of any sort, being a Nazi soldier appeared to be a reasonably good movie.
Those men that had enlisted had little to no self-trust since they had lost all of their money and their jobs. Hitler seemed to have a plan for action to make Germany a great nation, so the Germans put all their trust in him, with hopes of winning back their jobs, their money, and their dignity; only to be led to shame, destruction, and the death sentence.
Most modern-day Americans don’t seem to understand the consequences that the Nazis would have faced if they hadn’t followed Hitler’s gruesome orders.
Soldiers that don’t follow orders may have been dishonorably discharged. This would have forced those vulnerable young men back to the impoverished lifestyles that they had previously left. If they weren’t discharged, or disciplined in some other way, they could have even been executed.
With all of this stacked up against them, they had no other choice, but to brutally torture innocent civilians. This presented the already confused and insecure Germans with a lose/lose situation, so they opted for the solution that would cause them the least individual harm.
This example demonstrates that people will even go to such lengths as to kill their fellow man simply if told to do so. An experiment was done to prove this point.
In the 1950’s, an experiment was conducted at a certain university to satisfy the question, “Are most people more likely to follow their morals, or orders that contradict their morals?” Two volunteers and an experimenter would participate in each trial. The two volunteers each drew a slip of paper that either said: “teacher” or “learner”.
The volunteers were told that the experiment was to find out how much pain a man would have to suffer before they would remember something, or do as they were told. The “teacher” stood in front of an electric generator, while the “learner” sat in an electric chair. The “learner” had to memorize a list of words, and every time he got one wrong the “teacher” was told to flip
a switch on the generator to give the “learner” a shock. With each incorrect answer, the “teacher” was to flip the next switch in sequence to increase the voltage. There were thirty switches with labels written above each group. The labels read Slight Shock, Moderate Shock, Danger: Severe Shock, and XXX. A frightening 65% kept on flipping switches to the end. This was, in fact, against
their morals, because as the volunteers flipped switches, they sweated profusely, groaned, bit their lips, trembled, and dug their fingernails into their own flesh. However, this seemingly gruesome experiment does have a good end. As it turns out, there was no electrical charge at all, and the “learner” was a stooge to the experimenter the whole time. Both slips of paper said “teacher” on them, so the volunteer was sure to be the “teacher”.
The “learner” screamed and pounded the walls on cue, to make the procedure even more horrifying to the “teacher”, and to see to what lengths a person would go to follow commands. This demonstrates that the “teachers” were acting as “good German soldiers following orders.” This experiment emphasizes the truth of the fact that people are willing to carry out these heinous deeds, and that there is much need for action.
There may, however, be hope for this latent, yet lethal problem. The necessary steps towards this call to the offensive are actually quite simple. The best strategy can be called a “neighborhood intervention” program. This program involves hospitals, neighborhoods, schools, and governments working together.
The program starts with prenatal health care. This is important because it ensures that the baby is healthy both physically and mentally; therefore allowing it to be molded as a conscientious individual easily.
The next and most important step in the infant development program. This consists of the actual intervention, which is explained as follows: Several (between three and six) families in the same neighborhood meet once a week to discuss problems, concerns, suggestions, and the progress that the child is making towards proper transition the infant to toddler stages.
The final step takes place in preschool and elementary school social studies which include not only the conventional geography and history but also education stressing self-esteem and problem-solving. “The best pre-school programs address psychosocial development of children and have long-term, multiple, beneficial outcomes.”
The proper administration of this intervention program will be provided by individual cities and hospitals and supervised by each state government’s Department of Health.
Finance is not a big issue for this program. A program similar to this has recently been implemented in Seattle, costing a mere “twenty-three dollars per year, per household for a seven-year program, which has an assessed value of $100,000 through the city property tax levy.”
Enforcement of this plan is also a minor issue since it has so many advantages that no one would want to oppose it. However, for precautionary measures, enforcement may be provided by state governments.
The best implementation date is January 1, 2000. It allows two to three years to explain this plan to the public and educate those directly involved, such as doctors, teachers, and parents.
This intervention program has many short-term and long-term benefits for both the child and the parents.
Short-term benefits for the child include, but are not limited to better physical health and better nutrition because the intervention program provides for proper hospital care. Since the parents are educated and counseled, the child is at a lesser risk of being abused by his parents.
Parents have many short-term benefits as well. This plan is convenient since each neighborhood can schedule meetings to fit their busy schedules. Working with other couples who are also raising a child provides social support to each family; just that they are all in it together gives them something to lean on. For apparent reasons it will also prove to boost self-esteem, improve parenting skills, and result in better marital relationships; all because the families will look after one another.
Even more significant than the short term benefits are long-term benefits. The child will eventually, be less impulsive and less hostile. This basically means the child will have good mental health, and will hardly be at any risk of suffering mental illness.
The child will not be as easily distracted in school as other children who haven’t participated in the neighborhood intervention program. If a child is not easily distracted, he will be far more efficient once he enters the workforce. Also among the long-term benefits of the child is better socio-emotional functioning throughout his life.
He will not rely on the support of others, or feel that he has to answer to someone before he does something, but instead will be able to stand on his own two feet, and actually be more persuasive and rational in his thinking.
Finally, he will have a more pro-social attitude, allowing him to be a better leader and follower alike. More people will respect him because he will be confident and pleasant to work with.
The long-term benefits of the parents will include larger percentages of mothers graduating from high school. Obviously, we should see a large drop in the percentages of teenage pregnancy and high school drop-outs. Families should expect to see higher rates of employment, and better jobs since families will always be there to help each other out in hard times.
The society shall also benefit. This plan particularly gives much-needed aid to the poor, but will also help out middle and upper-class citizens as well. There will be an overall drop in the crime rate, a better work ethic, and a general feeling of happiness and new found prosperity amongst all of us, and not just a few upper-class citizens who have reached the top.
In conclusion, I have explained why a lack of self-trust, the ease of brainwashing someone, a loss of self-respect, and the fact that people are willing to kill their fellow men are harming our society. I have also explained what a neighborhood intervention program is, how it works, who is involved, financial issues, enforcement of the program, and reasonable implementation date.
Finally, I have told you about all the wonderful things that this program could mean. I have laid out who benefits, how, and how long the advantages will last.
Finally, I strongly recommend that you take a good hard look at who you are, what you do, and the results of your deeds. If we don’t make an effort to think before we do something, we may end up weeping for the end of innocence, and the blackness of man’s heart.
There are many reasons why a soldier should follow the orders they are given and every single one is important. An order is a tasking given to a soldier of something that needs to be done in a timely and efficient manner.
The three main reasons why it is important for a soldier to follow the orders they are given is to be combat effective, disciplined, and to just be a good soldier. When a soldier doesn’t follow the orders they are given in not only hurts themselves but it hurts the team and the goals of the mission. When the mission objectives are hurt by not following orders this weakens everything that is necessary to win the war.
The key to all of the teamwork, leading, and the following is adhering to the instructions of those appointed over you which brings me to my next point. As soldiers we are drilled almost every day to listen to commanders, NCO’s and basically everyone higher in rank than us or in some cases people that have more time in service.
We are taught discipline from day one in basic training when we hit the ground the first time doing pushups to the last right face in the last ceremony before we see our families. Discipline is crucial to following orders effectively, without it soldiers would not react fast enough to what is being said or would simply not care enough about the task at hand to perform it, weakening the team itself. We follow our commands from higher because we know that whatever decision it is it overall is good for the Army, U.S, or individual soldiers.
When an order is given we should acknowledge the order, think about what needs to be done and execute using the least amount of resources or time to accomplish the mission at hand to standard and the commanders or NCO’s specific commands. This is the crucial key in performing the mission, soldiers should not question the reasoning behind the command but execute promptly knowing that their leadership is looking out for him/her.
Following orders is of the utmost importance in the army. Obedience is what allows the military to operate in an organized and effective manner that is clearly very important during difficult military situations. While an individual can question the notion of obedience in everyday life, this luxury is often not available in the armed forces, where great goals and objectives require good internal functioning and hierarchical coordination.
In fact, many of the standards that would be hardly seen outside the army are essential for the success of work within. For example, punishment is not considered positive in the life of an average person, while military leadership claims that punishment reinforces determination and discipline and allows a person to learn and fully assume the importance of following orders. Not following orders is not an optional choice that recruits can make when they join the army.
The act of disobedience is considered an offense and a person in this situation may face the charges for Article 15. Therefore, respect and obedience are of utmost importance in the army, as they help to maintain the internal structure and allow the military, therefore, to carry out their operations with confidence. The importance of the orders for the army becomes clearer when it is taken into account that the penalties of Article 15 are administered without a jury or a judge.
The army recognizes that respect for authority is what maintains order and prevents the outbreak of chaos and, therefore, is willing to set an example to all those who might be tempted to oppose their leaders by administering these punishments first-class a hand without any judicial representative. Furthermore, Article 90 makes it clearly illegal to disobey an order from a military officer.
The degree to which obedience is safeguarded through strict laws and intolerance to disobedience or disrespectful behavior, emphasizes that the basis of military service is obedience. The more serious the circumstances during which disobedience occurs, the more likely it is that the punishment will be harsher and more damaging to the physical.
The disobedience of orders during the war can lead, for example, to the maximum penalty: the death sentence. If the soldier is not executed, the humiliation follows a dishonorable remission, imprisonment in prison, and the total loss of salary and allowance. Thus, in the context of the above, the question remains of what specifically concerns this inflexible attitude regarding disobedience of orders.
First, orders are important to help soldiers maintain a balance between their freedom, society’s expectations, and good military order. This does not mean that a soldier should blindly follow any order. A soldier is bound to know, obey only legal orders, which is measured in the following terms: the most common order is, it is clear that it is a legal order that affirms the importance of obeying that for the soldier. Illegal orders include, for example, the task of committing the cover-up of a crime, which soldiers are forced to disobey. What, however, does not fall into this category of non-ordinary tasks, is generally legal and requires obedience.
The army takes it extremely seriously and tackles every case of disobedience with severe rigidity, which makes it difficult for the transgressor to mount a convincing defense. Even the exception of not making the accounts if the order is illegal is extremely limited to avoid the possibility of abuse.
The military law is clear in its position with respect to the lack of respect for authority and disobedience in the army through its brief but frank assertion that the act of disobedience takes place “at the risk of the subordinate”. Therefore, soldiers can not disobey an order simply because it conflicts with their conscience.
An order is a direction or command that is iterative. In the army, it is very crucial to follow orders in the way that they are given as each and every order is very important. In the military, an order is generally understood as a tasking given to a junior solder by his senior, regarding something that has to be done in a manner that is efficient and timely without questioning why the orders are given out (Pavelec, S. M. 2010). For a soldier, following orders is crucial as it enables them to be more combat effective, improves one’s level of discipline, and to be a perfect soldier.
Combat becomes ineffective whenever a soldier fails to follow the orders given to him/her. Whenever a single unit’s soldier is not combated effectively, he will end up slowing down the combat’s winning formula by forcing the commanders to focus on a single soldier who is not offering anything to the workload that is facing the unit. By executing the orders in time and in the manner that is acceptable, one greatly helps in the unit even if he doesn’t know the reason why as everyone is important in making the mission at hand a success.
Un-questionably following orders is how the military regards to discipline. One is expected to know what they have to do at the same time follow commands and directions enthusiastically and promptly. For one to follow orders effectively, it is very important for one to be disciplined as you it enables you to react in a manner that is fast enough whenever your service is called upon. This will really help in raising a soldier’s awareness level as a soldier should be alert at all times.
Following orders enables an individual to become a good soldier. A good soldier is one who takes an order and carries it out the way it has been given no matter how bad or hard it is to follow that particular order. There are many reasons to why it is important to follow orders and all of them are important, but in this essay, I have only looked at the main ones.
Whenever a soldier does not follow the authoritative directions given by his senior, it does not hurt him/her alone as an individual, but the whole combat team and the mission’s goals. Whenever the objectives of a mission get hurt by failing to follow orders as expected, everything that is important in completing the mission becomes weak.
This also affects the morale of the entire unit as the leadership will be at a constant worry about the loyalty of the soldier who does not follow their orders. They are never relaxed as they wonder if he/she is going to do the right thing and this makes tension set in the entire unit because no one knows what is going through the minds of such individuals.
This will in the long run affect the standard of the work done and the time is taken to complete it as the remaining part of the unit will see the job is not evenly spread out and this will kill the team spirit. Failing to obey orders will amount to disrespecting the authority and this can serious consequences to the rebel including dismissal from duty.
The importance of following orders and the emphasis of how it applies to the unit structure including the specialty of a soldier.
On Wednesday, 28 February 2015, I was given instructions and failed to do so by taking initiative and went to talk to my Platoon Sergeant SFC Taylor. I understand my mistakes and what they can cause that is why I am writing this essay about the importance of the following order, with emphasis on how it applies to our unit and our specialty.
Failing to follow instructions, no matter who delivers them or how trivial they may be considered to be, to anyone, is a serious offense and I understand that it will not be tolerated. My actions and example have a negative effect on unit morale and discipline and threaten the team’s cohesiveness and strength.
Failing to follow instructions is the same as disobeying a lawful order. Failure to follow orders is a violation of Article 92 (failure to obey order or regulation) of the UCMJ.
As you can see following orders is a very important and vital task which everyone is expected to obey and follow.
In the paragraphs to come, I will go in-depth on the importance of following orders in the armed forces in a time of war. Following orders is of the utmost importance in the military. Obedience is what enables the military to operate in an organized and effective manner which is clearly very important during challenging military situations.
While an individual can question the notion of obedience in daily life, this luxury is often not available in the military where the grand goals and aims require smooth internal functioning and hierarchical coordination.
Indeed, many of the standards that would be frowned upon outside the military are essential to the work’s success within. For example, punishment is not deemed to be a positive occurrence in an average person’s life, whereas the military guide maintains that punishment strengthens one’s determination and discipline and enables a person to learn and fully take the importance of following orders in.
Not following orders is not an optional choice that recruits can make upon joining the army. The act of disobedience is considered to be an infraction and a person who placed himself in such a situation can find himself facing Article 15 charges. Thus, respect and obedience are of the utmost significance in the military as it helps maintain the internal structure and enables the military therefore to carry out its operations in confidence.
The importance of orders to the military becomes clearer when it is taken into account that Article 15 punishments are administered without a jury or judge. The military recognizes that respect for authority is what maintains order and prevents the eruption of chaos and is hence willing to set an example for all who might be tempted to oppose their leaders, by administering these punishments first hand without any judicial representatives. Furthermore, article 90 makes it clearly illegal to disobey an order by a military officer.
The extent to which obedience is safeguarded through strict laws and intolerance of disobedience or disrespectful behavior plays a big role in the United States Military. Here are examples of the importance of following order and the emphasis of how it applies to our or any unit in the United States Military and our specialty as soldiers, marines, air force, and navy. Imagine being in an authoritative position such as an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) or Commissioned Officer in wartime or peacetime in garrison.
Sounds cool right? Now imagine if your subordinates didn’t follow the orders you put out to them. You just imagined chaos or worse right? In my opinion and experience, I have had during the 2 years I have served in the army there is no limit to the chaos that could happen if just one soldier didn’t follow the orders given to him/her. It doesn’t matter what the rank of the soldier is. Following orders in the armed services is a very important and vital task especially in a time of war but also peacetime.
Following orders is necessary for everyone to follow in the armed forces; it affects the team, as well as reflecting your respect for your supervisor, and obviously how many of your team members come home alive and well. Now, who in the armed forces do the following orders apply to?
Well if I’m not mistaken everyone in the armed services has to follow the orders and directions given to them. Unless you’re the Commander in Chief, then you can make the orders. This brings us back to the chaotic vision we imagined earlier. So whether you’re in a position of authority or the on the receiving end of the given order it’s very important to follow orders. It’s an essential part of working as a soldier, marine, sailor, or airman in the armed forces.
It’s necessary around the world regardless of your station, chain of command, and type of armed service you’re employed with whether its Army, Navy, Marines or Air force. Following orders is a big part of being in the military and the time we spend in our home country following orders prepares us for war. However, it also prepares us and also plays a big role and importance for Jobs outside the military.
Orders come from a chain of command which, for NCO’s and junior enlisted, is the NCO support channel. The NCO support channel is designed to be subordinate to and supportive of the chain of command. The NCO support channel is not an independent channel. It is mandatory of the users of this channel to ensure that the chain of command is kept informed of actions implemented through the NCO support channel and to eliminate the possibility of the NCO support channel operating outside of command policy.
The NCO support channel is used for executing the commander’s orders and getting routine, but important, jobs done. It is used however most often to effect policies and procedures and to enforce standards of performance, training, appearance, and conduct. Although the first sergeant is not part of the formal chain of command, leaders should consult them on individual soldier’s matters.
There are many areas in which the NCO Support Channel assists the chain of command. The NCO support channel ensures junior enlisted maintain a professional appearance. They plan and conduct day to day operations, train soldiers in their respective MOS, and help them build a better knowledge of soldiering. An order is a tasking given to a soldier of something that needs to be done in a timely and efficient manner.
The three main reasons why it is important for a soldier to follow the orders they are given is to be combat effective, disciplined, and to just be a well-rounded soldier. When a soldier doesn’t follow the orders they are given in not only hurts them, but it hurts the team, unit cohesion, and the goals of the mission.
When I was given instructions on Wednesday I have violated the second out of the three General Orders of the United States Military. The second General order states that I will obey my special orders and perform all my duties in a military manner. This means a soldier must perform all his tasks and orders including instructions in a military manner. A military manner means he must perform his duties correctly as instructed on time and he or she must abide by the military standards and regulations.
It is very important that a soldier abides by these orders. It is what we go by on a day-to-day basis from the day we enlist in the United States Army, or other Branches until our enlistment comes to an ended. Until then it is not an option to disobey an order or violate our General Orders unless they were given unclear or they are illegal, immoral, or unethical.
Orders are meant to be obeyed both explicitly and implicitly. There can be and should be no deviation from the prescribed order. In peacetime or during times of war we as soldiers do not have either the option or the privilege to take the orders issued to us into our own hands. The only time this is permissible is during a time of absence of orders. However, even during these rare instances, the soldier is still held accountable for his individual conduct under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and during times of wrongful imprisonment or as a POW under the Code of Conduct. Orders were not meant to be broken; they are given for the soldier’s protection and proper guidance.
Why it is important to respect a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Army and the possible consequences and punishments that may be given. It is important to respect a non commissioned officer in order to keep the balance in the workplace. Even if it’s not deserved or given back to you, it’s still the rules of the military to show them the proper respects. Not showing them respect will result in getting yourself in unnecessary trouble that will make yourself look bad in front of your other superiors.
Consequences will be given out to whoever disrespects or does not properly listen to a non commissioned officer. These consequences must be obeyed and respected just as much as the non commissioned officer. Further punishments will be given out to you if these are not followed to every specific detail. Some people say that you should give respect to everyone. Other people say that respect should be earned. I think that respect is a two-way street.
To get the respect you have to give respect. Respect is neither a right nor a privilege. It is something that you earn over time through your actions. Though in the army it is expected of all lower enlisted to respect in what I would call the new definition of the word with is a type of fear that is implanted into the new soldiers. Earned respect builds a stronger relationship between people, can be more specific then demanded respect, and is more stable than demanded respect.
Also, true respect must be built on experience, and therefore it is not right to just demand it. Earned respect builds relationships between people. When another person earns your respect you work harder to have that same respect returned to you. I think that respect is taught by example, as most good things are. The main thing is to treat other people how you would like to be treated and treat them how they treat you.
Most people, when treated decently will treat others the same way. Obeying an NCO is important and what obeying someone means in my own words is to comply with or achieve the “objective” regardless of it being restrictions or merely the instructions of that specific person. The reason is so important to follow an order from an NCO is because they are trying to benefit your carrier to build you up into a better solider and as a lower enlisted it is my or any other lower enlisted soldiers duty to do what is told or asked of them by an NCO.
Doing what is told is expected and is part of the job not only in the US army but also in any other branch of military service. For someone to not follow an order can lead to big mistakes in a person’s military career and in the US army it is a must that you follow any orders from your higher enlisted or officers. Not following orders could lead to a lack of trust from your fellow NCOs and from your fellow soldiers regardless if they are in your squad, platoon, brigade, etc.
When one enlists in the United States military regardless of active duty or reserve they take the following oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to all the same and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Military members who fail to obey the lawful orders of their superiors risk serious consequences. Article 90 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice makes it a crime for a military member to willfully disobey a superior commissioned officer. Article 91 makes it a crime to willfully disobey a superior Noncommissioned or warrant Officer. Article 92 makes it a crime to disobey any lawful order and disobedience does not have to be willful under this article.
In order to be successful in any career, one must be able to listen and take to heart the importance of what they are learning and doing throughout their lives; this has significance in both the military and civilian life. In order to do that you must follow whatever your superiors say, like when you are at your civilian job and your boss tells you to clean the bathroom. You have to be able to just do what you’re told so the job gets done, and you are also seen as a trustworthy employee.
On the military side, it is self-discipline. When a Non commissioned officer tells you to get something done there should be absolutely no argument or thought about it. The soldier has an easy job; A. Listen to what he is told, B. Be at the right place at the right time in the right uniform.
It is important to do so so the mission goes as planned. When we have deployed the Non-Commissioned Officers we have been told to listen to could be the ones who keep us alive.
NCO’s are the more mature and experienced soldiers that lead from the front. The non-commissioned officer corps is often referred to as “the backbone” of the armed services, as they are the primary and most visible leaders for most military personnel. Additionally, they are the leaders primarily responsible for executing a military organization’s mission and for training military personnel so they are prepared to execute their missions.
NCO training and education typically include leadership and management as well as service-specific and combat training. To obey someone means to comply with or fulfill the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of that specific person. We are taught as children to obey our higher-ups. Starting from our parents, teachers, managers, police officers and etc. So how does this relate to the military?
Well, when a person enlists in the United States Military, active duty or reserve, they take the following oath; “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
Right there you are making a promise to the United States Military. Before you even put on the uniform, you promise you’ll obey the orders of the President and the orders of the officers appointed over you. Military discipline and effectiveness are built on the foundation of obedience to orders.
Brand new privates are taught to obey, immediately and without question, orders from their superiors, right from day one of boot camp. Almost every soldier can tell you that obedience was drilled into their heads at one point in Basic Training.
For example, no talking in the chow line, don’t talk with your hands, head and eyes forward, no smiling, stand a parade rest, and of course the famous “Yes Drill Sergeant / No Drill Sergeant”. Those are just the simple orders you are made to obey in the military. Greater orders mean bigger consequences. Military members who fail to obey the lawful orders of their superiors risk serious consequences.
Military discipline and effectiveness are built on the foundation of obedience to orders. Recruits are taught to obey, immediately and without question, orders from their superiors, right from day-one of boot camp.
This is why we work so well by following orders from the more experienced leaders who have been doing this for years. We have plenty of obedience in Charlie company and I feel it is one of the best units. It has made me want to pursue a career in the military and I no rules and regulations are what is going to make me move up the ranks and make me an all-around better soldier.
I know I need to work on discipline sometimes and am doing corrective training right now to make me become a better soldier. I feel the army values have a big role in rules and regulations because if you follow the values you will not stray off in being disobedient.
It’s very important to follow directions, or else the world would be in chaos. When someone tells you that you must follow directions so that everything can go in an orderly fashion, it’s important to do because they know what’s going to happen if you don’t.
It’s important to follow directions because if you don’t something can go wrong, it’s important to follow directions because if you don’t you’ll get in trouble, and it’s also important to follow directions because if you don’t you’ll be writing this essay too.
The mission we have here at Dixon Hall is to train to become Military Occupational Specialty Qualified. Therefore; when we are told to go to study hall, it is probably for a reason. Considering some of these classes that we are going through is not suppose to be this short it is important to go to study hall so we can have as much time as physically possible on the equipment we are learning.
Packet Tracer can only help so much but when it comes to taking the test it is on real equipment. We are not here to do what we want and have fun, we are here to learn and be able to perform our job.
In combat situations and deployments, we are expected to know what we are doing but if we don’t pay attention to what we are learning in school we will not be able to perform. The NCO support channel is designed to be subordinate to and supportive of the chain of command.
The NCO support channel is not an independent channel. It is mandatory of the users of this channel to ensure that the chain of command is kept informed of actions implemented through the NCO support channel and to eliminate the possibility of the NCO support channel operating outside of command policy.
The NCO support channel is used for executing the commander’s orders and getting routine, but important, jobs done. It is used however most often to effect policies and procedures and to enforce standards of performance, training, appearance, and conduct. Although the first sergeant is not part of the formal chain of command, leaders should consult them on individual soldier matters. There are many areas in which the NCO Support Channel assists the chain of command. The NCO support channel ensures junior enlisted maintain a professional appearance.
They plan and conduct day to day operations, train soldiers in there respective MOS, and help them build a better knowledge of soldiering. Nco’s are here at ait for two things. One is to watch over us and make sure everything goes smoothly and we are where we need to be when we need to be. The other is to make sure we are getting the training we need to become MOSQ.
Therefore when an NCO at AIT tells us to go to a study hall he probably knows how hard the classes are from first hand. Therefore we should listen not only because of his knowledge but because we must follow all lawful orders given by an NCO.
Lawful orders are something that is not against the law that we are told to do. As junior enlisted personnel in the United States Army, we must conform and follow said orders. My failure to do so can result in punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. If I am lucky I will just be counseled and have to do some sort of corrective training such as this paper.
Punishment under UCMJ could have been a lot more severe. , such as, Pay taken and rank taken. Taking my rank would probably be the hardest thing for me to bear. I have worked so many long hours traveling all across my state training and recruiting before I even left for basic.
Which therefore got me to Private First Class. I will do whatever it takes to keep progressing through the ranks. I want to retire a W4 or 5. I want to go to flight school and learn how to fly either a jet of some sort of helicopter. Imagine being in an authoritative position in a war.
Sounds cool right? Now imagine if your subordinates didn’t follow the orders you put out to them. You just imagined chaos right? In my opinion, there is no limit to the chaos that could happen if just one soldier didn’t follow the orders given to him/her. It doesn’t matter what the rank of the soldier is.
Following orders is of the utmost importance in the military. Obedience is what enables the military to operate in an organized and effective manner which is clearly very important during challenging military situations.
While an individual can question the notion of obedience in daily life, this luxury is often not available in the military where the grand goals and aims require smooth internal functioning and hierarchical coordination. Indeed, many of the standards that would be frowned upon outside the military are essential to the work’s success within.
For example, punishment is not deemed to be a positive occurrence in an average person’s life, whereas the military guide maintains that punishment strengthens one’s determination and discipline and enables a person to learn and fully take the importance of following orders in. Not following orders is not an optional choice that recruits can make upon joining the army.
The act of disobedience is considered to be an infraction and a person who placed himself in such a situation can find himself facing Article 15 charges. Thus, respect and obedience are of the utmost significance in the military as it helps maintain the internal structure and enables the military therefore to carry out its operations in confidence.
The importance of orders to the military becomes clearer when it is taken into account that Article 15 punishments are administered without a jury or judge.
The military recognizes that respect for authority is what maintains order and prevents the eruption of chaos and is hence willing to set an example for all who might be tempted to oppose their leaders, by administering these punishments first hand without any judicial representatives.
Furthermore, article 90 makes it clearly illegal to disobey an order by a military officer. The extent to which obedience is safeguarded through strict laws and intolerance of disobedience or disrespectful behavior underlines how military service’s core foundation is obedience. The graver the circumstances during which disobedience occurs, the more likely it is that the punishment carried out is harsher and physically harmful.
Disobedience of orders during the war can for instance lead to the maximum penalty: the death sentence. If the soldier is not executed, then humiliation follows through dishonorable discharge, confinements in prison, and the total forfeiture of pay and allowances. Hence it follows to raise the question, in the context of the aforementioned, of what concerns specifically shape this inflexible attitude regarding the disobedience of orders.
First of all, orders are important in helping soldiers maintain a balance between their freedom, society’s expectations, and the good order of the military. This does not mean that a soldier is expected to blindly follow any orders. A soldier is required to name only obey only lawful orders, which is measured in the following terms: the more ordinary the order is, the clearer it is that it is a lawful order which affirms the importance of obeying it for the soldier.
Unlawful orders include for example the task of committing r concealing a crime, which soldiers are trained to disobey. What does however not fall within this category of unordinary tasks, is usually lawful and requires obedience.
The military takes this extremely serious and approaches every case of disobedience with stern inflexibility making it hard for the offender to mount a convincing defense. Even the exception of not being held accountable if the order is unlawful is extremely limited to prevent chances of abuse.
The military law is clear cut on its position regarding the affair of disrespect of authority and disobedience in the military through its brief but outspoken affirmation that the act of disobedience occurs “at the peril of the subordinate”. Soldiers can therefore not disobey an order merely because it is in conflict with their conscience.