The effects of disrespect of a non commissioned officer and the effects of disobeying a direct order. On 25 of August 2011, I accompanied SGT Williams off post. Although it seems to be nothing at all by that statement. The consequences of that night and the things I should have done are possibly going to cost a good NCO his career, and landed me in this punishment will writing service brentford . Before I get in to the actual circumstances of this incident I want to cover my references Article 92 and article 89 of the UCMJ. First what is UCMJ?
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is the base of military law. The UCMJ is a federal law, enacted by Congress in1950. The UCMJ was based upon and replaced the Articles of War. Which had been in various forms since 1775. Articles 77 through 134 of the UCMJ are known as the “punitive articles,”. Specific offenses which can result in punishment by a court-martial. The law requires the Commander-in-Chief (The President of the United States) to implement the rules of the UCMJ. The President accomplishes this by an executive order known as the Manual for Court Martial or MCM.
Chapter 4 of the MCM covers , and expands on the punitive articles. The MCM divides the punitive articles into six parts: The text, elements of the offense, an explanation, lesser included offenses, maximum permissible punishments, and sample specifications. To facilitate order and discipline society as a whole need laws. The military no matter what branch of service and or job is no different. The military has a special set of rule and regulations separate for khedivial laws that we also have to fallow.
These are specific to laws of war, conduct, discipline area s that hold the military to a higher standard of professional conduct that is needed to perform the task at hand. Some of the things that are not illegal in regular sociality that are highly frowned upon are illegal my the standers that we as soldiers live by. Although UCMJ is just one of the tools used to monitor a military personals conduct, it is the most important because of it being the base for all of military conduct. Next I am going cover the violations of my personal conduct.
Article 92 and Article 89. Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) ? ART. 92. FAILURE TO OBEY ORDER OR REGULATION: ? Any person subject to this chapter who- (1) violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation; (2) having knowledge of any other lawful order issued by any member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey, fails to obey the order; or (3) is derelict in the performance of his duties; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct. (http://usmilitary. about. com/library/milinfo/ucmj/blart-92. htm) .
In the most sever instances disobeying a direct order can result in loss of life. The fact of being stationed in Korea it can also result in a major hurtle that the relationship of the Republic of Korea and The United States have to get over. We have seen evidence of this many times. The protests of post, and the constant revisions to policy. Failure to obey orders is an example of lack discipline. One of most detrimental things that will cripple the United States Army is a lack of discipline. If you think about it discipline is the first thing you are taught while in basic training.
With out this the military would be nothing but a bunch or random people with out any sense of responsibility, duty, respect, or order. This applies to a broad spectrum when dealing with the military. There are many things as soldiers that we would rather not do. It is sense a discipline and duty that keeps the United States Army so effective. Everything from the patrols we go on, deployments, guard duty and myriad of other things that the Army requires us to perform. All in all the military as a force would completely crumble as an organization and be completely dysfunctional.
As soldiers we take an Oath when we enlist in the Army. Part of that is “I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. ” (http://usmilitary. about. com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/oathofenlist. htm) When an enlisted personal take this oath, it is not meant to be fallowed as you feel it benefits your personal goals and agenda. “Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) ART. 89 DISRESPECT TOWARD SUPERIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICER
Any person subject to this chapter who behaves with disrespect toward his superior commissioned officer shall be punished as a court-martial may direct. ” (http://usmilitary. about. com/library/milinfo/ucmj/blart-89. htm). By disobeying my order to no drink with SGT. Williams I disrespected SSG. Bryant. Disrespect of NCOs’ is a sign of a lack of discipline. Again disapline is one the things in the Military as a whole is what holds the system together and allows the militaty to function properly and accomplish the mission. Leadership is what holds the Army together, without a good leader nothing would be accomplished.
The Army’s strict definition for leadership is competent, confident, and agile. In FM 6-22 it explains who, what, and how a leader should be. All Army leaders should follow the BE-KNOW-DO concept. A leader must BE- the values and attributes that shape ones character. They should KNOW- about tactics, strategic, and logistics of the Army. What leaders DO- is in relation to the influence they have on others, in providing purpose, direction, and motivation. The makeup of an Army leader is a strong intellect, physical presence, professional competence, high moral character, and serves as a role model.
With these qualities they should be able to act at a moment’s notice. A leader must give clear directions to allow their subordinates to modify plans and orders to adapt for changing circumstances. All leaders should mentor, teach, and show by example. As always they will live by the Army Values, and the Warrior Ethos, which applies to all men and women of all ranks and grades. Everyone in the Army is part of a chain of command and the functions in the role of leader and subordinate. Being a good subordinate is part of being a good leader.
As a whole LEADERSHIP spells out the army values. Loyalty: Bear true faith and allegiance to the U. S. constitution, the Army, your unit and other soldiers. Duty: Fulfill your obligations. Respect: Treat people as they should be treated. Selfless Service: Put the welfare of the Nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own. Honor: Live up to all the Army Values. Integrity: Do what’s right legally and morally. Personal Courage: Face fear, danger, or adversity (physical or moral). Living the Army Values means abiding by them everyday in everything we do.
Around the end of June, SSG Bryant came to me after I had went out with SGT Williams and in a very serious tone asked me to not go drinking with SGT Williams. He informed me that Sgt Williams has a drinking problem that was observable by anyone who drank with him. I was told not to drink with him at all. Not in the barracks, anywhere on or off post. I told SSG. Bryant that I understood and Agreed to fallow the order that was just given to me. Although I don’t not remember being told not to go off post with SGT. Williams it would been a good precaution to avoid any situation of me possibly drinking with him.
On the 25th. of August, and what I should have done. On 25th of August I accompanied SGT. Williams off post. Our objective was just to go eat and relax. I had offered the suggestion of eating at the food court of the PX. However, we went to Ono’s a local restaurant/ bar. We sat at the bar just out of habit. I ordered my food and was about to get a drink. I was debating weather to get beer or something non-alcoholic. Before I completed my order, SGT Williams ordered the Happy hour Jack and coke for a beverage. I told him that he promised not to drink. He said he want one just to relax.
I should have made more of a conscious effort to stop him. A good example would have been to call on of the other NCOs’ and inform them of the situation . After eating we decided to play some darts. At which time he ordered more drinks for the both of us. Again I brought up that fact that he had promised every one in the section that he was not going to drink anymore. I was aware of his pervious drinking problem. At the time SGT. Williams looked completely sober. At the least I should have made the both of us go home at that point. I had more then ample opportunities to take positive control of the situation.
I remember thinking that SGT. Williams is a NCO, If I can have enough self-control to know when to stop he should too. I was highly mistaken. All soldiers weather you are lower enlisted, an NCO, Warrant officer or Officer we are all human first. We all have our short comings. I have a responsibility to my fellow soldiers. To always watch out for them and always keep their welfare in mind. He has a drinking problem that I was aware of. I have had lot of mixed feeling about this incident. On one hand I have been given the opinion that I should not have to be responsible for another grown man.
On the other hand I still feel as if I am responsible for what happened. I would never take a recovering crack addict to a place where they could access crack. Alcohol is a drug, and a depressant. Although it is a socially acceptable it does not mean that every one can handle it. Some people do not know how to control themselves. Weather someone has an addictive personality, or family history of alcoholism. As fellow soldiers and friends it is our duty to make sure that our fellow soldiers are not abusing in it to the point of hurting themselves or there career.