Respect in the Military Essay

1366 Words May 23rd, 2008 6 Pages
Respect in the Military

It has been said that military standards are higher than the country demands of its president. And that is true. President Clinton lied under oath.
Perhaps that is not perjury, but an army officer could not do that. Nor could army personnel have extramarital affairs. Kelly Flynn found that out when she lost her position in the Air Force and years of pilot training went down the drain. But for the Commander in Chief, it is another story.

While it is true that the Commander in Chief is able to get away with misbehavior, military personnel have been warned not to criticize him. In fact, the various branches have been reminding troops that they can be prosecuted for publicly condemning the Commander in
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That is why it is critical to have everything just so and provide a semblance of normalcy, routine, respect and little conflict within the ranks.

Seifert equates war with a ritualized "game" with its own firmly accepted rules and regulations (1). In fact, the author believes that one reason why
Western military leaders were hesitant to intervene in Bosnia is because they were facing an enemy which did not play by the rules (1).Rules would include the existence of structured armies with a set command structure (1).
International laws of war do mandate that there be a clearly structured chain of commands and distinctive emblems worn to make fighters identifiable as members of a particular group of combatants (1).

Along with this picture is an air of seriousness. This is no children's game because in the game of war, lives are lost. Military courtesy then is vitally important. Respect in the army for ones superior is crucial to maintaining stable armed forces. And the Army does not leave that aspect to chance. A sample three week basic training course at Fort Monmouth, in New
Jersey, for example, includes a class on military courtesy (Terrett PG).

The reason why respect is important is implicit in the design of the system itself. Part of that respect includes not going around the chain of command.
If one respects their immediate superior, there would be no need to circumvent that chain anyway. Their immediate superior would be

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