One of the first things I learned upon entering the proud United States Army was to be at the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform, with the right attitude. No Soldier can go wrong as long as they stick to those guidelines. That said, there are Soldiers that do happen to slip up and find that they are not at the right place at the right time. Those people are most commonly known as ‘’no shows”. What do I mean by “no shows”? “No shows” are the Soldiers that fail to show up at their “place of duty” at the time they were designated to be there. Today, we use a common standard of time in our day-to-day lives. Sixty minutes in an hour, twenty-four hours in a day, three hundred sixty-five days in a solar year; but time has always been used to measure and record important events. This has never been more evident as it has been in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
In this era of human history, punctuality is one of the key elements of our workforce, and particularly in the military. In our world, being on-time carries more with it than just a smooth operation of events. Here, being at the right place at the right time can mean the difference between life and death. As members of the United States Army, we have made a commitment to obey our unique laws and regulations, of which precision and conscionable timing is reflected. In our Uniform Code of Military Justice, timeliness is addressed under our Punitive Articles. Chapter 10, Article 86
Any member of the armed forces who, without authority–
(1) fails to go to his appointed place of duty at the time prescribed; (2) goes from that place; or
(3) absents himself or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty at which he is required to be at the time prescribed; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
But what if you are one of those that is constantly late? Obviously, it is a correctable action, but how do we go about correcting it? Julie Morganstern, author of Time Management from the Inside Out says that tardiness can be classified as a technical deficiency. In an interview with the online medical repository WebMD.com, Morganstern says, “If you’re always late by a different amount of time – five minutes sometimes, 15, or even 40 minutes other times – it is likely that the cause is technical. That means you are not good at estimating how long things take,” The solution to this is, simply, allow yourself more time in your estimations. For example, if you assume the drive to work is going to take forty minutes, allow yourself an hour to account for Murphy’s Law.
As members of the military, we are required to be at our place of duty at the appointed time, and as a general rule we should be early to account for unseen circumstances; as the saying goes “Early is on-time, on-time is late.” Failure to do so can impact us operationally, can hinder the individual financially, and is not in keeping with the Navy’s core values of honor and commitment. In conclusion not arriving for work at the right time, and wearing the proper duty uniform is the wrong answer. Being at work at the right time and conducting work and your daily tasks as well. When all of it is suppose to be done. Daily duties could ultimately help you out a lot. The more squared always you are in your work and tasks could help you model yourself into brutal peacefully person that knows how to accomplish anything through at them.
Maintain your military responsibilities and duties correlation to the soldierly appearance and combat readiness of a unit. Without all punctuality there can be no discipline. If there’s no discipline we cannot efficiently complete our tasks and duties at our work place. If we cannot efficiently complete everything that needs to be done on a daily work schedule we are not doing our job. Because we drive off of being punctual and organize at all times. Without all soldiers being punctual and doing their job there could be a serious loss of work done on a daily bases. Being punctual shows respect for your unit and those in command.