It is important to respect a Non Commissioned Officer in the United States Armed Forces. The rules and regulations state that you must respect the orders of those appointed over you, period. NCOs are the backbone of the military and carry the workload for the day to day operations. They spend countless amounts of time, drop countless amounts of blood, and shed tears ensuring that our military remains the best in the world. With the time spent comes experience that’s invaluable. They pass down their wisdom and experience to junior and new military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen to make sure that we remain elite. NCOs take on the responsibility of mentoring, training, and leading subordinates. Respect becomes a top priority in the military. It makes is easier to do all of the little daily missions when respect is a part of the work place.
Even though respect is earned and not given, respecting an NCO is the most important job of a subordinate. The possible consequences and punishments that may be given. It is important to respect a non commissioned officer in order to keep the balance in the work place. Even if it’s not deserved or given back to you, it’s still the rules of the military to show them the proper respects. Not showing them respect will result in getting yourself in unnecessary trouble that will make yourself look bad in front of your other superiors. Respect is neither a right nor a privilege. It is something that you earn over time through your actions. Though in the army it is expected of all lower enlisted to respect in what I would call the new definition of the word which is a type of fear that is implanted into the new soldiers. Earned respect builds a stronger relationship between people, can be more specific then demanded respect, and is more stable than demanded respect. Also, true respect must be built on experience, and therefore it is not right to just demand it.