Army Respect

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What is respect? Respect can be in various forms. It can be knowledge, self awareness, trust, character, honesty, understanding, and a positive attitude. But respect also has to be earned. If you can’t respect yourself then you won’t be able to respect others. To gain respect you have to treat others the way you would want to be treated. Without respect you can’t have team work and care for other peoples well being.
It is respect which creates devotion to the team, and the important part is that that respect flows both up and down the chain of command. A leader respects the skills, strengths, and sacrifices of the people who work for him, and by giving that respect, in time and with effort, his troops come to respect him as well. That
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For example, without loyalty, respect is not present. If you are a disloyal member of the team you fail to contribute to the team in a manner that is respectable. The lack of loyalty is disrespectful and in turn awards you none for yourself.
Respect is described as esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability. In the United States Army it is inaccurate to say you are required to respect the man or woman behind the rank. The greater rank does not imply a greater human being. However, It would be quite accurate to say that in the mechanics of the relationship between a lower enlisted soldier and a Non-commissioned Officer regardless of the enlisted soldiers opinion of the “person” the lower enlisted service member will “respect the rank” and treat the Non-commissioned officer with the same respect that is due to the rank worn. This hierarchical design is intended to maintain an order based on qualification and experience.
It states in the Phantom Warrior Standard book that every soldier obtains upon arrival to Fort Hood that, “Courtesy among members of the Armed Forces is vital to maintain military discipline. Respect to seniors will be extended at all times.” I realize now

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