The Importance of Keeping Appointments Essay

1035 Words Oct 13th, 2010 5 Pages
Article 86 of the Uniform Code Of Military Justice. This Article covers Point and Place of Duty. That means from PT formation to COB that is where you will be. What a lot of Soldiers do not understand that includes appointments made by them or someone else.
We have appointment times, SP times, formation times and many other start times that dictate we will be there. If a Convoy has an SP time of fifteen hundred hours and the Soldiers decide to show up late because they did not feel like getting ready on time people could die. If they rolled out on time, they may have avoided the ambush or avoided the Vbid that hit them in the bottleneck. It sounds extreme but time management plays a critical role in the Army.
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I wound up missing the second class also and now am paying the price. It is something that could have been avoided if I had gathered further information on the class and planned more appropriately.
When Appointments are made Soldiers need to realize that not does it cost money but it also takes manpower. People that could be used elsewhere are there to help that Soldier, but when that Soldier does not show it has wasted the time of that person when they could have been elsewhere finishing an important project or helping someone that would have made an appointment.
The Army when you look at it as a whole is a Corporation. All Corporations like the Army have Checks and Balances in place to ensure things run smoothly. When people start doing what they want and not following procedures operations break down and the Corporation cannot function as intended. The same applies for the Army. We have policies, regulations and procedures in place so that the Army is able to run efficiently and orderly; but when Soldiers simply do what they want i.e. decide not to go to an appointment they made these systems eventually break down.
We all have things in life that come up and prevent us from being where we intended to be; sometimes it cannot be helped. But that is not an excuse to not just show up. There are numbers to call, asks your battle buddy to call if that is possible, notify your chain of command that you cannot make and you are unable to contact

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