Military discipline is the training that enhances self-control, behavior, and competence and as the outcome of such nature of training means adherence to the regulations formulated for the advantage of the team. The military discipline is the code of conduct that governs the operations of the military soldiers in the times of operations and at work. The military discipline is unique for every nation and are established for the benefits of the military members and the civilians. The discipline is also important among the civilians as it promotes the efficiency of their activities. The civilians discipline is also efficient for the operation of the military members as this defines the boundaries between them and the military members. In as much as the discipline is significant for the military members, it also generates a lot of significance to the Civilians as explicitly discussed in the successive paragraphs.
Importance of discipline among military members and civilians
The importance of the discipline among the military members and the civilians include;
- Discipline Enhances Competency
Discipline among the military members, promotes their competency and efficiency of any planned or unplanned military operations. For instance, the military members are required to wear the uniform all the time when in military operations, to distinguish the members of a given group of the enemies or the opponents. In addition, the uniformity of the troop during the period of war promotes the efficiency of the troop as it avoids the cases of mistaken identity. It is a general regulation among the military members to stay in the uniform in the process of the war to foster teamwork among the members with the aim of defeating the enemies. Therefore, being in uniform is self-discipline among the military members to help them identify each other easily. Moreover, the discipline among the military soldiers enables them to adhere to the rules that govern the operations of the military processes hence promoting their efficiency during the times of war. The discipline among the troops compels them to participate in war without resisting the commands or orders from the seniors.
In addition, the discipline among the military members and the civilian promote competency in the management of the county’s security and also in the protection of the civilians. For instance, by the virtue of the mandate of the military members, the civilians are required to provide maximum discipline to the soldiers in the process of any form of military actions to improve the efficiency of the process. For example, the civilians are not allowed to put on the military uniform to avoid any form of confusions among the civilians and the soldiers. On the other hand, soldiers are also not allowed to be without uniform in the process of military operations as the civilians and the fellow soldiers can confuse him or her with the imposters.
Similarly, discipline among the military members and the civilians also allow for the efficient protection of the Civilians’ businesses. It is the soul mandate of the disciplined soldier to defend the country and the property within it, therefore, the civilians benefit from the nature of protection provided by the military members. Moreover, the discipline that exists between the military members and the civilians makes the civilians to provide information on any form of insecurity that hinders the smooth running of the daily business, especially, in the country’s borders, or any form of terrorist attacks.
- Discipline among military members and civilians promotes National integration and peace
The discipline that exists among the military members and the civilians promotes the national integration and peace within the borders of the country. The discipline enables both the military members and the civilians to work in harmony within any form of settings. For instance, in the United States, the Army Regulations provide for the appointment of the secretary of the Army, who by the statute must be a civilian, selected by the President and approved by the United States Senate, to head the department of the Army within the United States of Defense. The discipline that is required for the military members enhances the peaceful coexistence between them and the head of the department of the Army, who is always selected among the civilians.
Additionally, the military members are always instructed by their commanders to embrace discipline in their dealings with the civilians. For instance, according to the United States War Department (2016), in the United States, when there is an accusation among the senior officials of the Army, the investigation involving such senior official is processed in accordance to the Army Regulation (AR) 20-1. Therefore, this kind of provision promotes peaceful coexistence among the military members and the civilians to avoid such allegations of misconduct of the Army members.
Moreover, the military members are provided with the limits of operation, of which they must ensure they adhere to, in order to ensure that they do not interfere with the innocent civilians. However, the civilians also are expected to reciprocate the discipline provided to them by the military members to ensure that there exists harmony among them and the military members. The discipline instills into the civilians and the members of the military the mandate to act responsibly towards one another. The military members are not allowed to act in a way that is provocative to the civilians, and on the other hand, the civilians’ are not to act in way that can provoke members of the military. This will avoid the existence of animosity among the two groups, that is, the civilians and the military members.
- Military Discipline Enhances protection of the civilians within or outside the borders
The discipline within the military members also enables them to respond to the matters of insecurity that is affecting the civilians within or outside the borders. However, the civilians within or outside the borders are also expected to cooperate to the operations of the military to ensure efficiency of the security operations. For instance, the United States, Army Regulation (AR) 12-7, allows for the policies and assigns duties for the United States Army Security Assistance Teams (SAT) to the overseas nations and the worldwide bodies in the requirements of the Foreign Aid Act as repealed, and the Arms Export Control Act as repealed (United States War Department, 2016).
The efficient operation of this nature of the security mission requires maximum discipline of the military members to respond to the deployment instructions. On the other hand, it also calls for the discipline of the civilians in the foreign country to cooperate with the foreign soldiers in the peace making mission. Therefore, the civilians should not accord discipline of the home military members, only, but to the foreign military members also to facilitate smooth execution of the peace mission. For example, when the United States deployed their military members for the peace making deal in Syria, the discipline among the military members compelled them to respond without complain as it was part of their occupation. On the other hand, the civilians of the Syria were expected to accord discipline of the United States Soldiers in the peace mission (Vandevoorde, 2010).
Moreover, the Civilians are required to remain indoors at times of state of emergency to ensure that the military members do not interfere with them during the moments of war. Furthermore, the military members should ensure that the civilians are protected as part of their mandate, during any form of disaster. It is the responsibility of the military members to respond to the disaster, and helps in rescuing the civilians affected by the disaster. The discipline among the military members enables them to rescue the properties and the civilians without any form of mischief or misconduct. In this case, the discipline is beneficial to both the military members and the civilians as it helps them to preserve their jobs and at the same time rescue the property safely. Therefore, the military members act with discipline for the benefits of the civilians. For instance, in the case of fire outbreak, the military officers are required to act with discipline in the process of rescuing the situation to avoid the loss of property of the civilians. Thus, the civilians are also expected to remain disciplined in the remittance of the tax, to ensure that the operations of the military officers are not paralyzed due to lack of funds.
- Discipline enhances recognition among the civilians and the military members
The discipline within the military settings enables the recognition of the titles among the military members. The junior members of the military members are prompted with the self-discipline to show respect to the senior officers, in the form of addressing them with their titles or positions. As well as, the civilians are also prompted by the discipline they have for the military members to address them with their titles as a sense of honor and recognition for the occupation of the military members. In addition, the discipline is the act which also enables the civilians to acknowledge the military members even at the moments they are retired from the military jobs. Furthermore, the military members are not allowed to leak any information regarding the operations of the military when interacting with the civilians, to ensure the persistence of the discipline among them.
Moreover, the civilians recognize the position of the military members and accept the discipline that is associated with the military job. For instance, the military officials’ family member acknowledges the discipline that is associated with the job and therefore, their spouses and the children accept the situation of missing their member who is serving in the military. It is the discipline that makes the military members to stay away from their parents due to the nature of the job. In addition, the family members of the military members, who are part of the civilian, are also restricted with the sense of the discipline for the military policies to persevere the situation of the member serving in the military (Vandevoorde, 2010). Therefore, the sense of discipline promotes recognition and acceptance of the different situations of the military officers and the civilians.
Furthermore, the discipline among the military members to stay in the Uniforms enables the Civilians to recognize them as the government officials; therefore, this avoids the confusion among the civilians and the military members. And, the avoidance of the civilians to put on the military uniforms is a show of discipline and recognition of their positions in the society. In addition, this is also a form of according the discipline to the military members by the civilians as they recognize that the uniform is only meant for those in the military occupations.
- Discipline promotes integrity among the civilians and the military members
It is the discipline which enables the soldiers to uphold integrity in the process of any kind of military operations. Moreover, the integrity of the civilians is enhanced through the discipline they accord to the military members. In addition, the military members are in the possession of the dangerous weapons, and they are not allowed to use them to injure the innocent civilians. This enables the civilians to benefit from the discipline that demands that the military members are not to use the weapons to interfere with the innocent civilians.
As well as, discipline also promotes the integrity of the civilians, as ensure that they provide the accurate information to the military officers in the process of any nature of the investigation. Therefore, the integrity among the military members and the civilians is enhanced through the sense of discipline.
In conclusion, the discipline among the military members and the civilians is important in the following dimensions. The importance of the discipline among the military members and the civilians include; improvement of the competency, promotion of the integrity, improvement of protections of the civilians, promotion of the national integration and improvement of recognition among the civilians and military members. Therefore, the sense of discipline is of significant among the civilians and the military members within the nation for efficiency of the security and other operations.
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Vandevoorde, S. (2010). Separated by duty, united in love: A guide to long-distance relationships for military couples. New York: Citadel Press.