Definition: Defiance or unwilling to submit authority, failure to obey orders.
In general, in the UCMJ, Article 91 and 92 has the same general object to respect to noncommissioned, as 89 and 90 have with respect to commissioned officers, namely, to ensure obedience to their lawful orders, and protect them from violence, insult or disrespect. But for this essay, based on insubordination, Article 91 and 92 will be used as informative sources.
As stated in the UCMJ (Uniform Code Military of Justice), on Article 91 and 92, Insubordination is the failure to obey order or regulations. Any warrant officer or enlisted officer who violate or fail to obey any lawful general order or regulation, having knowledge of any lawful order issued by any member of the armed forces which is its duty to obey; fail to obey the order or is derelict in the performance of his duty shall be punished.
The military is a hierarchical organization, some degree of obedience to the order of superior officers are required for the organization to function. When orders are given by superiors, the obligation of soldiers are to obey the orders, excluding orders that are palpably illegal. The United States Army, the 7th uniform service of the military, is structured on several values and principles that it upholds, among these are military bearing, discipline and respect. Leaders should be able to make these big decisions with all his confidence projecting out with his military bearing and make sure that all officers in their ranks are following the rules and regulations they have signed up for.
Insubordination in the military goes against many of the 7 core army values, one of them being “Respect”. Respect is the process of taking into consideration someone’s emotions, feelings and needs. We must also focus on their ideas, thoughts, and preferences. It is showing someone that we value their time; that we care about what they have to say. Showing someone respect allows that person to know and acknowledge that we are tracking them and that we comprehend what they want to communicate. To gain superior’s respect and trust, officers should be respectful and complete all required task, impeccable performance allows the leaders to trust them with important assignments. A soldier’s creed first sentence states: “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior’s tasks and drills”, This first sentence is to be and live for as a member of the armed forces.
Discipline is essential for any soldier in order to be enlisted in the military to ensure their efficiency in the organization. As well, it is a form of self-respect and attitude to keep for the image of their unit. Being discipline simply means the understanding of our tasks and obeying our orders promptly because our fellow soldiers and leaders depend on us to do so. The purpose of discipline is to make us soldiers well trained, to ensure we wear the uniform properly, follow orders, or to repeat tasks until they are done correctly. Units with undisciplined soldiers, are less likely to be redeployed due to lack of credibility from their superiors looking at their files. Keeping a perfect record in the United States military is creating a promising career and a clear path to move on to higher duties.
Loyalty, another value highly expected in the force, supporting others in the same unit or superiors in their task even in off time, is always recognized and shows the soldier’s leadership, team player and brotherhood ability.
Being attentive and acknowledgeable, facilitate an officer to perform his task by following all regulations and recognize any given order by superiors. Knowledge of a direct lawful order failed to be executed and proven by eminent evidence can be consequential for any officer, specially for a SPC as myself who is disciplined, professional and ambitious.
I, SPC Charles have insubordinate against orders from a noncommissioned officer on (date incident happened), (Name and title of officer here) ordered me to ……………………………. (what was ordered exactly) and I failed to execute on time. I was served a developmental counseling form and required to write 1500 words essay on the importance of following orders and what action will I take to avoid such incidence to repeat itself.
I intend to reevaluate my action, identify my strength and weaknesses, with an excellent opportunity to reset my goals in my military career and what I will accomplish in the future, in term of what’s expected of me by my superiors and my country. Therefore, I commit myself to:
• Follow the rules and regulations of the united states army
• Respect my flag, my superiors, my uniform and my unit
• Follow and execute orders as they are given to me
• Be humble
• Be loyal to my rank/ division
• Keep a clean record in my army path to succeed in my military career
• Be consistent
I understand that (name of the commanding officer)’s legacy and the Army’s future rests on my shoulders, by preparing me for greater responsibilities. To become an effective army leader, I understand that I must demonstrate certain qualities to be trusted and respected. These qualities include respect for others, self-awareness and cultural awareness, empathy, and credibility. I must be fully aware of my own values, needs, biases and be consistent. My character should demonstrate on how closely my actions, decisions, and relationships adhere to the Army’s ethics and values. My competence will develop over time through rigorous practice, professional learning, and a commitment to excelling in every aspect of my duties. Cause it is vital that Army leaders have both character and competence.
By the Article 160020 in Army Sustainment written by Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrellon in 2016 on timeless tip and leadership for army leaders, what are the right things that good leaders turn into daily habits? They include the following timeless practices:
• Always treating people with dignity and respect.
• Earning and building the trust of your Soldiers, civilians, peers, families, leaders, and the public.
• Setting the highest standards and holding yourself and everyone in your organization accountable for maintaining them.
• Communicating horizontally and vertically, openly, transparently, and continually.
• Mentoring, evaluating, and recognizing your team members honestly and fairly.
• Reading and reflecting on the Army profession, your branch, your organization, and your mission.
• Maintaining balance by devoting time to your family and community.
• Having fun by embracing your responsibilities with enthusiasm and optimism.
I do understand as well that to be a great soldier and an example leader, it takes knowledge, experiences, humility and even failure. I am ready to move forward and perform my duties as expected of me by my superiors, my unit, my county and even myself. I am committing myself like my first day when I cited:
I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America, in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.