Following Orders Essay
By: SPC Berg, Markus
Why is it important to follow orders and instructions? From a military standpoint the difference can mean life or death for a soldier. On the civilian side it can mean the loss of your job, loss of position, or loss of pay. There are many factors that play into each individual scenario. No two events are ever the same and the outcome can range from a verbal reprimand to the death of the individual.
Orders are meant to be obeyed both explicitly and implicitly. There can be and should be no deviation from the prescribed order. In peacetime or during times of war we as soldiers do not have either the option or the privilege to take ...view middle of the document...
The reason for this is that common courtesy and respect for leadership have been lost to the feeling that the army as a whole is too hard in its discipline and instruction of young soldiers. This has led to a disrespect issue that has become one of the foremost negative issues that command teams have been forced to address. Not only are orders violated and disobeyed but duties are performed poorly or not at all. This leads to degradation of the mission and has led to longer missions and more casualties. Performing duties in a military manner means to accomplish them with both precision and speed without sacrificing quality.
3. I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief.
This last order deals with anomalies or anything out of the ordinary that a soldier may face while on shift or guard duty. It is his sole responsibility to note any violations of his special orders. Violations would include another soldier leaving a base on his own when it had been clearly mandated that no one was to leave for threat to life or limb. Emergencies become a more critical situation. During those instances it is the soldier’s duty to alert leadership and perform any corrective action needed at the moment. Emergencies would include a soldier on patrol with his unit getting shot and returning to base in dire need of medical attention. This event would need to be noted by the soldier and would need to be handled by the leadership. Anything else is cover in the last part of the order. This would include a wild animal such as a coyote walking through the training site or across a base. It has the potential of putting other lives at risk and precipitating an emergency situation.
Instructions can allow for minor deviations but not from the intent of the instructions themselves. They leave minimal room for a soldier or civilian to determine the very...