Right Place Right Time

1015 Words Mar 23rd, 2009 5 Pages
Allow me to begin by stating the Dictionary's definition of Punctual: punc'tu'al adj. Acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt.
Scheduling the work day is one of the most important duties any leader in the Army or the Armed Forces for that matter, 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 related to being on time. Furthermore, promptness also shows that the individual Soldier aims high and has their priorities straight. However, being where one
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Accountability also goes hand in hand with the topic at hand. The liability of the Soldier is of extreme importance. For every component of his everyday and war time duties depend on his level of accountability. Which ranges from: being on time for the first formation of the day in garrison, being on time to relieve a fellow Soldier from his post, or being on time to provide critical reinforcements for a battle weakened and compromised force. As the theory goes, how one trains is how one fights. Using this logic one can only come to the conclusion that if a Soldier isn't on time how can he save and protect the lives of his brothers in arms? The answer is simple, he can't. He can't be depended upon if he isn't disciplined enough to be on time every time he is ordered. He also weakens the combat readiness of his platoon if he isn't at the right place at the right time. For example a HMMWV cannot roll out of the base to complete a mission if the gunner isn't manning the turret, locked and loaded. That will be a no-go each and every time.
Dependability is the key to discipline and ultimately being punctual. I say this because punctuality requires the Soldier to be dependable and the more dependable he is the more disciplined he is. Furthermore, the more disciplined he is the more punctual he is, the more punctual he is the safer his battle buddies will be, which in-turn improves the mission success rate. As well as the overall effectiveness of the platoon,
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