In the United States NAVY, military bearing is the root in which every service member practices in order to carry out good discipline and ethics throughout ones military careers. The Eleven General Orders of a Sentry, The Articles of the UCMJ, as well as our own Sailors Creed illustrates how a military service member should conduct himself or herself on a daily basis, on and off duty. 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 NAVY. Honor, Courage, and Commitment, are NAVY core values that are instilled in each personnel’s life the instant that the oath of enlistment is pledged. Honor is the integrity that one takes upon oneself in order to responsibly carry out the orders of the officers appointed over the service member. Courage is the ability to stand up for ones beliefs and ethics that the NAVY has instilled in them.
Commitment is the dedication that is illustrated in the performance of each and every individual carrying out their orders. Without one of these NAVY core values, the others do not exist. These core values form the cornerstone of military bearing. As services members, military bearing is a vast assortment of rules and ethics that govern our every day life. For instance, a clean and presentable uniform, knowing ones facing movements, how to respectively address a senior officer, as well as being prompt for either General Quarters, quarters, or watch.
Keeping a clean uniform shows to other members the pride that you take in the obligations you hold in serving your country. Personnel inspections as well as award ceremonies demonstrate to ones chain of command how the effectiveness of this military bearing takes place. Knowing how to properly march, stand at attention, parade rest, as well as all other facing movements establishes ones ability to follow orders precisely. Respecting senior officers is imperative in order to maintain good military order up and down the chain of command. Punctuality is a key aspect of ones NAVY career.
Tardiness can affect the mission of the command. In such an event as General Quarte! rs, one can not afford to be late in carrying out their assigned tasks, for the repercussions can be life threatening to ones fellow shipmates, as well as to the integrity of the ship. Being late to watch can affect the quality of work being done in the work environment. Quarters is a vital necessity within our NAVY where ones chain of command can brief all hands on new information concerning either the workspaces or ones specific job. Watch standing is every sailor’s duty.
Without a proper and thorough turnover it hinders the effectiveness of the watch station. Missing information during turnover can result in wasted man-hours, equipment damage, or can compromise the security of the command in which one works. Physical readiness standards are another element of military bearing. Physical readiness standards or better known as PRT’s are held every six months for NAVY personnel. The PRT is a test in which each member of the NAVY must perform and pass within certain standards in order to maintain peek performance in his or her military careers.
Such aspects of the PRT are based upon sit up, sit and reach, push ups, as well as a mile and half run or swim of approximately eighteen lengths of a twenty- five meter pool. Each component of this test must be passed within certain times as well as counts in order to be viewed as properly fit within NAVY regulations. This allows an individual within the United States NAVY service to perform at his or her best. This test falls under military bearing on the evaluations of a service member.
Each service member will receive a certain numerical grade in accordance with his or her performance on the Physical Readiness Standards test. When a service! member does pass this test one will be placed on a regular remedial mandatory physical fitness program. If a service member were lacking in their military bearing, a form of documenting and correcting the deficiency would be a negative counseling chit. A negative counseling chit will thoroughly detail the deficiency and provide guidance to correct the problem.
Counseling chits are often accompanied by Extra Military Instruction. Extra military instruction is the corrective actions taken against a service member who has not performed military bearing to the best of ones ability. EMI is should not be considered a form of punishment. This corrective action of EMI must relate to the offense or area where the service member is in need of extra military instruction. Extra military training is assigned by the chain of command.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice consists of many articles in which the military governs itself along with civilian laws. Every service member in all United States military branches must abide by these laws in order to maintain military bearing. When an individual does not obey these laws, punitive actions will occur. Such action entails Commanding Officer’s Non Judicial Punishment, General Court Martial, or Special Court Martial. These are the most severe repercussions that a military service member may encounter.
A lose of status as well as a forfeiture of basic pay and even restricted time may occur. The highest punishment one in the military can receive is time in the Brigantine which the military version of incarceration, as well as dishonorable discharge from the military service. In summary, military bearing consists of not only military standards, but of personal standards as well. The eleven orders of a sentry, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Sailors creed and the NAVY core values are all valid examples of how one should properly conduct themselves with military bearing.