The definition of disrespect is lack of respect, discourtesy, or rudeness. In the United States Military, there are rules and regulations that we must follow, one of them being respectful to a non-commissioned officer. No matter the circumstance, whether you agree or not, you are not allowed to talk back, physically fight back, or question judgment. If this does happen, there are consequences and repercussions from the actions taken on your part.
The Uniformed Code of Military Justice states that you can ultimately be separated, honorably or dishonorably for actions taken on your part. You can also receive an article fifteen, which takes your hard earned money away from you and your family. It also will take any free time you may have, and can also limit your travel by telling you where you are allowed to go.
The importance of maintaining correct protocol and Military bearing on and off duty is essential, because to show disrespect to an NCO when in uniform could cause disrespect among civilians about the military in general. Any disrespect towards your leaders, from your team leader on up to Sergeant Major of the Army, along with the Platoon Leader on up to the Army Chief of Staff, or the President of the United States, can have a negative effect on the Morale and Welfare of those around you, wither junior or senior.
When a NCO is disrespected in front of other soldiers, junior or senior, it has a ripple effect on the rest of the chain of command. When the subordinate soldier see the disrespectful behavior from the soldier who is being disrespectful they began to think this behavior is ok, even though it is very wrong and bad for the unit.