The following essay will be a collection of thoughts about the importance of following instructions and having the proper gear. These two important topics should actually be written about in separate essays, but for the sake of the negative counseling I was written, they will be woven into one.
Following Instructions is a basic fundamental skill taught from an early age. While it may seem like common sense to follow instructions and bring the proper gear to the motor pool on Monday mornings, it is not always so straightforward. Communication between Soldiers and their superiors can be unclear at times, especially when said Soldier is new to the unit and possibly misunderstood the instructions given. This, however, is another topic saved for another day.
The ability to follow instructions is an integral part of the Army, and is conducive to good order and discipline within a unit. When the instructions to be followed are to have the proper gear at a specified place, it will allow for the formation to maintain uniformity. A few things that can happen if you do not follow instructions are: getting screamed at and spit on, having to do a few push-ups, receiving negative counselings, and having to write essays during four day weekends. If a Soldier does not want these things to happen, one should follow instructions and bring the proper gear to the motor pool. When a Soldier is wasting precious time writing essays, one could be doing more important things like spending time with family, changing oil in one’s truck, sleeping in on Monday morning, or just anything other than writing an essay.
These are journal entries of an American Solider named Private John G. Watson who was sent to Afghanistan to fight the war on terrorism. These are the last few entries in his journal before his convoy was ambushed and he was killed. He was only 21. August 2, 2001: So, I just got my draft slip in the mail. Looks like I am on my first assignment already.I mean, I just joined the army 5 months ago. ...
Having the proper gear is an important part of military life. It will keep the Soldier from getting in trouble on Monday morning. When a Soldier has the necessary equipment, the Soldier will be ready to wear the gortex jacket when told to do so. Following instructions by having the proper equipment in the motorpool shows that one can follow those same instructions on a mission, especially if one is new to a unit and one’s non commissioned officers do not know you. If a Soldier can follow instructions to bring a gortex jacket to a formation at the motorpool, then the Soldier can follow instructions to bring binoculars to an observation post. Going on any mission in the Army without the necessary equipment is dangerous. A Soldier can not be ready to engage the enemy without the proper gear.
Following instructions is of the utmost importance in the military. Obedience is what enables the military to operate in an organized and effective manner, which is very important during challenging and stressful situations. If there were no instructions to follow, a unit would easily fall into chaos and become ineffective at completing its assigned mission.