Being on Time and Accountability

Being on time Introduction and Thesis On the morning of Tuesday the 25th of January, I arrived late to a room inspection conducted at the barracks at 0700. As part of my corrective training for this incident I will being teaching you all a class on the importance of being on time and how being late can affect your career in the Army. The important aspects of being punctual include performance at work, combat readiness, and accountability We Have Competences To Create Essays In All Subjects – Get More Information  . Our first point of discussion will be performance at work.

Simply put, being late means you are not performing to standard and putting your fair share in. Showing up after everybody has started working already causes the job to take longer. Another soldier or NCO will have to stop what they are doing to brief YOU on the mission. Taking time away from getting work done and possibly causing EVERYONE to work later. Therefore, one person being late causes the whole team to suffer. Being late can also be a safety hazard.

For instance, I could be welding at my station that is, as you see, located close to a door; everyone at formation was briefed to NOT enter that door, but because you were late and missed that information, your ass walks through that door and is blinded for the next 5 – 10 minutes by the brightest damn light you will ever see in your entire life. Seeing the arc flash without proper eye-protection, that shit sucks, I’ve done it multiple times. Our second topic will be combat readiness and deployments. The ramifications of being late in a combat environment is exponentially worse.

Someone who is late often is not dependable. Would you want to have an undependable person entering and clearing a room or putting a tourniquet on you in combat? Another example is a soldier who is not on time to relieve the current guard’s post. You have just caused the combat effectiveness and readiness of the unrelieved guard to be greatly reduced risking the security of the area or FOB could be breached. An extreme example: Lets say your mission is to reinforce another team that is stuck in a firefight, being late WILL risk lives and possibly put the blame of another soldiers death on your shoulders.

You’re already late so obviously you don’t have your shit together, now the team has to take extra time to make sure you have everything ready for the mission. Meanwhile, this other team is still out there dodging bullets, waiting LONGER because of you! Then if you are ridiculously late, they could just leave without you. Now you have a team, one man down, much more likely to have an injured soldier or death; trying to save ANOTHER squads ass. Our last part is accountability. For this I will read you a story about Master Sgt. James Coons. “On July 4, 2003, Carol and Richard Coons had planned to welcome home their son Master Sgt.

James Coons, a career soldier who had seen action in Iraq in 2003 and during the first Gulf War. Instead, they found out James was dead. He had committed suicide in his room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Walter Reed staff did not find him until at least two days after his death, and only then at the insistence of his family, who were desperate to locate their son. In their first network television interview since their son’s death, Carol and Richard Coons sat down with me to talk about their family’s anger and quest for answers. “They didn’t take care of my son. They just didn’t take care of him,” Carol said.

Just a few days earlier, Coons, 35, had been evacuated from a base in Kuwait because he had overdosed on sleeping pills. An Army doctor at a combat hospital labeled the action a “suicidal gesture,” according to Coons’ medical records. Coons told medical personnel that he had visited a morgue on the base to pay his respects to the fallen soldiers and had been haunted by one of the faces — that of a Navy corpsman who had been badly burned and disfigured by an IED. His parents knew from talking to him on the phone that he was troubled — they say his voice began to sound different, and they could tell that he was under a lot of strain. He said, ‘The things that I’ve seen are really bothering me,'” said Carol. “He would see demons and he was trying to control his demons,” added Richard. ” This story explains the importance of keeping accountability of each other. Our NCO’s are worrying about much much more when you are late than just the work we have that day. They could be wondering, did this soldier get in a car accident, is in the emergency room, get kidnapped by a psycho wife, or committed suicide? So next time an NCO catches your ass sleeping in your room after formation. Thank them because they could have just possibly saved your ass or a lot of headache.