Why the Rank Structure and Chain of Command Are Important

929 Words Oct 8th, 2010 4 Pages
There are a lot of reasons for the rank structure and the chain of command. Every reason that I am going to explain in this essay is very important. I am going to separate them into two paragraphs. The first paragraph will be about the importance of the rank structure and why the rank structure is in place. The second paragraph will be about the importance of the chain of command and why the chain of command is set into place. The rank structure goes back to the 1700’s. The rank structure was put into place so that the soldiers had someone that was there to give out orders; also the rank structure was there to teach the newer enlisted respect. If the rank structure was not in place, there would be no order or discipline in the army. …show more content…
But there is one simple way to fix that problem that a lot of us lower enlisted seem to have. If the person you are about to talk to is not your chief or one of the other chiefs in your platoon. Do not talk to them unless they speak to you first. And all you really need to say to them is check, roger, hooah. In the past year and three months, I have had a lot of trouble realizing this. I tend to do the wrong thing and go talk to who I need to talk to without going about it the right way. If you want to talk to your commander, you need to talk to you chief, then your platoon sergeant, then your first sergeant, then you can talk to your commander. This may seem like a lot of work. But in all actuality if the problem that you have is able to be fixed beforehand, then it was all worth the work. Yes there are going to be situations when you know that it can only be fixed by talking to the highest person in the chain of command, but the chain of command needs to know what is going on so that they can try to help you and explain the situation to the next person up. Before I realized that the chain of command is here for the soldier, I always thought that it was just so that your chief and your platoon sergeant do not look bad to the person above them. In some cases this may be slightly true, but it is not just about that. It is about helping you out as much as possible. Help yourself by going through the chain of command. There is no reason for you to