In the United States Army, military bearing is the root in which every service member practices in order to carry out good discipline and ethics throughout their military careers. Army regulations and The Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice show us how a military service member should conduct themselves on a daily basis. All military soldiers have an obligation to conduct themselves like they are adults and to show respect to the ranks above them.
If a Soldier fails to do so they are not only disrespecting the NCO and Officer above them. They are also breaking rules and regulations set in place by regulations and UCMJ. There are many different ways military bearing ties into your every day life it take alot of discipline to continuously keep your military bearing. In some units it gets “lax” and people forget everything they were taught upon joining the military. I have not forgotten but i do get buddy buddy with fellow Soldiers that i should not.
Military bearing has many components that are involved such as self-discipline, disipline of others, taking apropriate actions for events or taskings, addressing superiors appropriately and dependability. Not just one thing can prove you have military bearing its takes being a professional and and a leader in all aspects of life to prove that you have military bearing. This is how it effects us. Self-discipline means that you have the ability to control yourself. If you do not have self-discipline you so you are hot headed and unreliable.
If you cant help maintain discipline of others it shows poor leader ship therefore making the unit from the lowest level to the highest level. Taking approipriate actions for events or taskings means that in the event of something bad happens contact the chain of command and the appropriate authorities so the situation can get handled. In the event of a tasking you show military bearing by coming up with a logical plan not freaking out if the tasking is to big . Keep a level head.
Lastly addressing superiors appropriately such as standing at parade rest for NCOs and position of attention for officers. Answering or addressing the NCOs by saying “SGT” and officers by “sir” or “ma’am”. Dependability is a major aspect of military bearing. Without dependability, one can neither perform properly in the work space or be depended on by their fellow soldiers, or chain of command to carry out their military duties properly. 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. In braking your military bearing you violate many regulations such as FM 7-21. 13 CH 4 and the UCMJ articles 91 and 92. The punishments for these violations varies on the severity of the offence. Anywhere from a summarized article 15 to a field grade article 15. The best way to avoid avoid these punishments is to hold your military bearing and to remember your rank and position. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to keep military bearing.
I get too comfortable with my enviroment and I tend to disrespect people. I do plan to fix my problem of losing military bearing. The ways I plan to fix it is standing at parade rest for every enlisted member to get my body in the habit of just doing it and standing at the position of attention for every officer, I will also address every enlisted member by there rank regardless if they are subbordinate to me or not. I will strive to make myself better and to improve in all aspects in being a Soldier. Let that be military bearing, PT, or knowledge about my job.