The Importance of Punctuality Essay

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The Importance of Punctuality
This paper with discuss the importance of doing the right thing, being in the right place, and most importantly, being there at the right time. Punctuality is one of the many ways to show professionalism. My goals in the army are high and in today’s army you have to be perceived as a high speed soldier in order to survive. Gone are the days of getting by with the bare minimum between deployments and field exercises. The past years of keeping branch numbers higher due to increased troop rotations are dwindling and the focus is on quality, not quantity. Perception is the key to success, and now that I have missed formation 2 times in as many months, I know that my reputation, especially among the
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This action goes far beyond the simple act of following orders, it saves lives. And not only your life, but the lives of those around you.
Aside from trust any good military unit needs a high level of esprit de corps. A true desire to be there and to perform not only for yourself, but for your fellow soldiers as well. When a unit has a soldier that does not appear to want to be there, it can severally affect its morale and overall performance. Not to mention the time that is lost in training and dealing with the concerns and needs of other soldiers when a leader has to take the time out of their day in order to deal with the problems of just one. It is unfair to all others involved when these circumstances arise and vital time is taken from those who are doing the right thing.
Seeing one soldier being treated differently, weather this treatment be positive or negative, sets this soldier apart from the rest. This difference in treatment further undermines that unit’s esprit de corps and cohesion. And if this happens that unit’s loyalty can begin to be tested not only amongst them, but can also undermine that unit’s leader who has to spend so much of his and her time dealing with that unit’s only trouble spot.
Every soldier has a responsibility to be there for everything that his or her unit goes through, no
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