It is always important to be where you are supposed to be. In the Army, every leader stresses the fact on being on time or being at the right place or being in the right uniform. So if you have to ask yourself is it important to be where you are told to be? I think most Soldiers and Leaders will tell you that it is very important. It is my responsibility to be where I am supposed to be. It is all about accountability.
You have to keep track of your Soldiers. It is my responsibility and my leader’s responsibility. They are responsible for my actions as well you.
In the articles of military justice a Soldier can be charged Appointed with Article 86 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), 10 U. S. C. 86, makes it a crime to fail to go to one’s appointed place of duty at the time prescribed, to leave one’s place of duty, or to be absent from one’s unit without authority.
There is tremendous discretion vested in a military commander to determine what, if anything, to do about a particular violation. Often a first transgression is dealt with by minor punishment, such as loss of leave, privileges, or extra work assignments.
More aggravated cases may result in administrative discharge rather than by referral to court-martial. Intentional behavior, such as coming in late to miss deploying with his unit to an unpleasant location, can result in an unpleasant court martial. This is further in detail of what the charges are:
1) Failure to go to appointed place of duty. (a) That a certain authority appointed a certain time and place of duty for the accused; (b) That the accused knew of that time and place; and (c) That the accused, without authority, failed to go to the appointed place of duty at the time prescribed. 2) Going from appointed place of duty. (a) That a certain authority appointed a certain time and place of duty for the accused; (b) That the accused knew of that time and place; and (c) That the accused, without authority, may be awol, or just be undisciplined enough to not be at his/her appointment or place of duty. If you miss an appointment you’re not just hurting yourself, but also others that could have made my slot for not showing up. I take full responsibility of my actions and not checking my appointment.
It is extremely important to make all appointments. When appointments are made, even though I did not make the appointment, but I should always be checking my slips to make sure I have an appointment or do not have an appointment. What happens when or if you get in an accident or ever worse on your way there. You will still get a no show, but your chain of command should have a rough easement of where you are. Even letting you leaders know when and where you appointment is can be crucial.
It is not a joke to make an appointment and not show up, this is why I put emphasis on always telling you command where and what you’re going to be doing at your appointed place of duty. It is also crucial that you give your slip or appointment orders to your chain of command that way there is double protection for not missing your appointed place of duty. I understand that sometimes with everything going on, it can be difficult remembering these. Today I was task with writing an essay on the importance of being on time at your place of duty.
I thought about what I could write about and this is what I came up with. It made me think back to one of my seven army values; Duty. What is my duty? It is my duty to show up at my station of assignment on time if not even a little early. Reasons for this would be that the NCO would know that all personnel are present and ready for the day. I know that my inability to be at the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform, and with the right attitude reflected poorly on my leadership which is something that I never wanted to happen.
I also know that I showed a lack of leadership, selfless service, and responsibility, which are three of my army values. I know that my inability to leadership could later affect a promotion and it affects the trust that my leadership has towards me. I know in order to be a successful soldier I must show leadership qualities at all times. I know by me not showing up for work made it look like I don’t have selfless service. I know that I must put my nations, my units, and my battle buddies needs before my own in order to accomplish the mission successfully and smoothly.
I know that when I failed to show up for duty that I not only showed lack of responsibility but also a lack of discipline. So in conclusion I have learned that the account of people is very high because if one person is gone it could mess up and crew or any team that plays a big role into deployment. I never understood what the role was till my first deployment but you have to always be prepared for the worst in everything that you do. I have to realize that it’s not just me that’s here it’s a whole brigade that makes moves and make things happen.
Like I know that I should have been on time and that I should have showed up. So yes I take the fault for that but I still see that in the long run it can screw me and my fellow battle buddies. Making me look bad, I am not a bad soldier, but with all medications I’m on I forget easily. With all this said. I take full responsibility for my actions and will not make any excuses as to why I missed being at my appointed place of duty. I hate screwing up and I hate making people disappointed in me. That has to the worst feeling in the world. Leadership makes sure you get an alibi to confirm your wear about.
Because apparently just because someone says that you weren’t there even though they were not there is good enough for someone to believe them. So if in any case take pictures and get a note. Also failure to report to your place of duty can result in a negative counseling statement and further (UCMJ) Uniform Code of Military Justice, which can result in loss of pay, rank, and time. And nobody wants to lose any of that. I keep bringing up the act of UCMJ because I am truly afraid of being in trouble with anyone. I avoid conflict at all cost, but apparently I am doing more harm than good in this aspect of life.