Customs and Courtesies
As soldiers we are taught to live the seven Army values defining the basics of what a soldier is all about. One of those being respect. Relying on the golden rule, “How we consider others reflects upon each of us, both personally and as a professional organization.” I believe this is an extremely important value to live by each and every day. As a soldier I pledged to treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same. Respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in others. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty. And self-respect is an important ingredient with the Army value of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best effort. The Army is one team and each of us has something to contribute.
Military courtesy is one of the major features of the Army. It is intended to reinforce discipline and the chain of command, defining how soldiers treat their chain of command and vice versa. There are a number of traditions that have been established over the history of the military services. These many traditions can be broken into a number of customs and courtesies. A custom is a way of acting in a manner that has been continued constantly over a long period of time. It is almost like a law. A courtesy is a way of displaying good manners and politeness when dealing with other people. Military courtesy carries respect both up and down the chain of command.
Courtesy among members of the Armed Forces is important to maintain military discipline. Military courtesy means good manners and politeness in dealing with other people. Courteous behavior provides a foundation for developing good human relations. The difference between civilian and military courtesy is that military courtesy was developed in a military atmosphere and has become an important part of serving in uniform. Military courtesy has been established over the years from earlier and sometimes...