Military bearing is the root in which every soldier practices in order to carry out good discipline and ethics throughout ones military career. Army regulations and soldiers on our own creed illustrate how a military service member should conduct themselves on a daily basis, on and off duty. Loyalty, duty, respect, commitment, honor, punctuality, reliable, integrity, and personal courage are Army core values. Courage is the ability to stand up for ones beliefs and ethics that the Army has been bestowed on them, despite the danger they may face on duty.
Courage which is the result of training and discipline is the kind upon which the control of men in battle is based. With such courage, the man when facing danger obeys the voice of command rather than the dictates of his own will. Every soldier is forced through discipline and pride to a noticeable display of courage, and for the enlisted man and the subordinate officer, this courage will be adequate if it carries him through the proper performance of the duty with which he is charged. His responsibility ends with proper obedience to orders.
A proper observance of the restraints of discipline is always together from the military habit and, again, it is the manner in which the requirements of discipline are observed that distinguishes the trained soldier. Duty requires a willingness to accept full responsibility for your actions and for your subordinate’s performance. It also requires a leader to take the initiative and anticipate requirements based on the situation. Duty means accomplishing all assigned tasks to the best of your ability.
The proper and faithful performance of duty is the standard. The value and efficiency of the soldier is measured, and the measure of his efficiency and value is not determined by the prominence of the duty which he performs. The military man should be inspired by an active patriotism which will impel him, if necessary, to sacrifice his comfort and interests to the benefit of his country, he should possess the physical courage to face personal danger and the moral courage to assume responsibility for the lives of others. Each gives his service to his country.
Each offers the same sacrifice his life as an earnest of his sincerity, they differ from each other only in the matter of rank and grade and consequent duties and responsibilities. Selfless Service is to put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own. Selfless service leads to organizational teamwork and encompasses discipline, self-control and faith in the system. All military soldiers have an obligation to conduct themselves with dignity and in such a manner as to reflect of their military service.
Dignity exists where the individual has a proper sense of his or her own worth and of the worthiness of their cause. The person who has true dignity also will respect the dignity of others and their place of work. All military members must demonstrate patriotism at all times. We ordinarily think of patriotism as implying something heroic, of involving courage, fortitude and sacrifice of self, even of life, but few men are ever called upon to give such evidence of their devotion to their country.
However, every man may be called upon, in his public or his private capacity, to give evidence to his patriotism every day of his life. True patriotism demands of a citizen a proper conception of and obedience to the laws of the country and of life in accordance with those laws. Punctuality is a very important part of military life for several reasons. One reason is that if someone is late for a patrol or convoy that patrol or convoy might have to leave without that person.
Another reason is because it will make whoever your relieving have to stay at work for longer than they are supposed to, tired and sluggish because of that fact, giving a high chance that whatever work that person does would be not up to standards because of lack of sleep. U. S. Army value Soldiers who are accountable for themselves, they value dependable Soldiers. To be a dependable Soldier you must show your NCO’s that you can arriving to work and appointments on time, meet deadlines, be in the right place at the right time, and doing the right thing at the right time.
Morning formation is the most important formation of the day. Dependability is a major aspect of military bearing. Without dependability, one can neither perform properly in the workspace nor be depended upon by their coworkers, or chain of command to carry out their military duties adequately. A military member is required to be punctual, and reliable. Lack of this in a service member not only hinders the mission of the command but of the entire Army. Respect is the integrity that one takes upon oneself in order to carry out the orders of the officers appointed over the service member.
You must respect superior because they are your senior. Their actions determine the capabilities of a unit and their overall accomplishment of an operation. A senior commander is not just any person given a rank and job. They go through vigorous training to become the person they are. Through classes, training, and experiences they gain. Commitment is the dedication that is in the performance of each and every soldier carrying out their orders. The military is a big commitment by both you and the military. As a soldier you are committed to training requirements.
The military offers a variety of advanced training programs. Some of these programs require additional service commitments. You have an obligation to follow all orders even if its permanent change of station. You will move in the military. It’s part of military life. As services members, military bearing is a vast assortment of rules and ethics that govern our everyday life. An example is a clean and presentable uniform, knowing ones facing movements, how to respectively address a senior officer, and also being punctual for formations, pt, or watch.
Maintaining order at work passes over to your home life making oneself presentable to everyone not just your superiors. Keeping a clean uniform and wearing proper pins and patches shows to other members the pride that you take in the obligations you hold in serving your country. Personnel inspections and award ceremonies demonstrate to ones chain of command the type of soldier that individual is, and shows their fellow peers that they are committed and loyal to your job and what is requires.
To outward appearance, the most prominent and distinguishing mark of the soldier are in his bearing and carriage. The upright bearing, the confident, elastic stride, the uplifted chin, the steady, unfaltering eye have come to be recognized the world over as indicating the man of military training and habit. Pride in one’s personal appearance is an understandable fault; it is a duty which every man owes to himself to present a neat appearance, for people on impulse forms much of their estimate of a man’s character from his personal appearance. The Salute is a form of courtesy.
The salute is one whose significance is very generally misunderstood it is showing pride and dedication to our country. Everyone has their own interpretation of what military bearing is. I was always understood that it is when you are standing at the position of attention and you do not move without their order. By doing this you are demonstrating respect and honor by standing at attention. As your in attention you may not show signs of weakness or any other emotion as a commander is speaking to you. You must illustrate that you are there to follow order and any command even if it is being yelled at you.
In some cases they will push you and push you till you break because they don’t really know what your breaking point is. As a soldier you must keep your composer at all times on and off work you never let them see you mad, sad, and happy or anything. Emotions are not meant to be had in the army. When talking to an officer of superior rank stand at attention, unless given the order “at ease” in which case you go from the position of attention, to parade rest, and or rest, depending on the direction of the officer that gave the order.
When speaking to or addressed by a noncommissioned officer of superior rank, immediately go to the position of parade rest, until ordered otherwise. When an NCO of superior rank enters a room, the first soldier to recognize the NCO calls the room to “at ease” in which case all movement will cease and those within the room will assume the position of parade rest until given the order to “carry on”; The only instance in which a room will not be called to “at ease” is that in the case where a higher ranking NCO is already called “at ease” and is in the room.
An enlisted man always addresses an officer or refers to him by his proper military title. When speaking to an officer, an enlisted man always refers to a noncommissioned officer by his proper title. Military bearing is dignity within military relationships. It exists when the individual is proud of his military organization and of their customs and courtesies. Customs and Courtesies are one of the main fundamentals of military life also, upon which soldiers are expected to, live and rely upon both on and off duty.
Customs and Courtesies date back to the beginning of the military service, and are one of the defining features of a professional within that service. The customs of the service constitute a vast code, unwritten for the most part, which embraces practically every detail of the soldier’s official, social and private relations. The idea that at any point in time that they can be lapsed, forgotten about, or dispensed with is absurd, and undermines corps.
These customs govern soldiers not only in their professional life but in their social life as well, they add to the interest, pleasure and graciousness of army life, and this is reiterated throughout a soldier’s career. Often it is these customs and traditions, strange to the civilian eye but solemn to the soldier, that keeps the man in the uniform going in the unexciting times of peace. In war they keep him fighting at the front. The fiery regimental spirit fondly polished over decades and centuries possesses him in the face of the enemy.
Every soldier fights for the regiment, his battalion, his company, his platoon, his section, his comrade does it all with pride and honor. In closing when I enlisted in the military I was a given a creed to live by and I have slowly strayed away now in writing this essay I feel that I need to go back to my roots and be the soldier I use to be. “Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and “esprit de corps” of my ranger regiment.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier. Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One-hundred- percent and then some. Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well- trained soldier.
My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care for equipment shall set the example for others to follow. Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country. Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor. ”