Monday, June 6, 2011

Vietnam -- Following rules and regulations -- whether you agreed or not

There has been a few articles and movies on the subject. At one time do you simply not following a rule or regulation that some higher rank either tells you directly to do or when the higher rank tells you to do it?

This raises a lot of ethical and morale issues. The refusal to perform a task given to you from a senior NCO or officer is:
  1. A bullet through your head
  2. A court martial offense
  3. An article 15
  4. A written repremand
  5. A verbal repremand
  6. Denial of promotion
  7. A early termination of service
But there really are times when not responding to a order -- direct or indirect -- is actually a good thing. Here's a quick list of unspoken but true times when you could:
  1. When the order conflicts with the true purpose of the mission
    1. When civilians who have no protection are in the line of fire
    2. When soldiers come under fire and a order is given to charge a well protected point and there is no reason for that action when fast movers can be used or are about to soften up the position.
    3. When an order is given to perform an action against another soldier violates his/her rights to live.
    4. When an order is given to retreat and some of your fellow soldiers are left behind.
  2. When an order that defames or demur es a soldier's right to perform his or her duties with dignity and respect.
  3. When an order is given to violate another human being's sexual sanctity.
Other than that, you're pretty much fair game for all mental and physical orders designed to complete a task. You may not like it, that's why you signed a contract.

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