This essay will address the criticality of meeting deadlines, following orders when directed, and courtesies in regards to respect, both within and outside of the army. Meeting Deadlines Ultimately, meeting deadlines on or about mission critical taskings comes down to a lack of time management and managing that time efficiently. Time management also is dependant on discipline, or “training that produces obedience or self-control, often in the form of rules and punishments if these are broken”(Cambridge Dictionary). A lack of discipline creates complacency and a lack of the ability to manage their time. Fulfilling deadlines is a way for leadership to see demonstrated potential and commitment in a service member. If there is a potential for a lack of deadlines, or no deadlines explicitly given, counterproductive members of a team will tend to procrastinate and maximize non-productivity; thus lowering potential output of an individual or a group of their peers. Essentially, deadlines create productivity by creating a hard line or goal to meet or exceed. Time management is equally important, as time lost is time not spent towards furthering the self or the team. The military utilizes time as a central pillar to its’ operations. There is a start and a stop to the workday. There is a time when people arrive to the workcenter, and there is a COB. There are operations and missions the Army and intelligence services depend on that are time critical. Whether it’s sending up a PERSTAT, or dropping a JDAM on a terrorists’ head, one little cog operating out of sync can cause the whole machine to fail. No matter how small something may be, time management is critical.The Army as a whole depends on these individual cogs to make up the larger machine that is the power arm behind the military might that is the United States of America. The United States’ ability to remain a superpower since the turn of the 19th century has been solidified by the organization’s inherent and cohesive usage of time management and discipline. Meeting deadlines and managing time is reflective of discipline, whether of the unit’s discipline as a whole, or an individual soldier’s discipline. The Army is dependant on results and effects; not excuses on why a deadline or goal was not met. Results are critical, and largely affect the country as a whole. Not only is the Army dependant on this critical time management and discipline, but so too is the government; firefighting brigades saving a house from burning down, or a police officer stopping a drunk driver demand time sensitive actions on the part of the individual, the unit, and an organization. Failure to adhere to standards and given deadlines has no place in the unit or this organization. Failure to do so impacts the team, the unit and the organization. Failure to do so impacts results needed for the United States military to remain the superpower it remains to this day.Direct Orders In order to be successful in any profession, both Army and civilian, following directions is extremely critical, else the world would be in shambles. Receiving, comprehending, and acting upon given orders is a valuable and necessary skill in the Army, and in life, so events, missions, and tasks can proceed as directed in an orderly fashion. Following directions is critical in preventing a mis-step, injury, or even a possible death. Direct Orders also instill discipline and obedience. Orders follow the chain of command or the NCO Support Channel as a method of proper communication and unity on the task at hand. By definition, Obedience is “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority”(Oxford Dictionaries – Obedience). In the military, this is a critical task, and outlines the success and safety of soldiers accomplishing a mission. The disciplined thing to do when orders are given are to follow those orders. Failure, at an individual or team level, occurs when these orders are not followed. Failure of orders also affects the team: lack of confidence in each other and the inability to have trust in one another. Such situations compounded on one another may result in injury or even death. Orders also allow leadership potential to grow and flourish. Orders passed down the chain to be received by your subordinates command respect and demonstrate ability to follow directions. The abilities of a good leader to follow orders and the ability to lead others go hand in hand, and demonstrate leadership potential. Essentially, if a leader cannot rally their troops, they are not an effective one. Disseminating orders and the following of them also uphold the command structure inherent in the military. In the civilian sector, a manager or head of a department issues tasks to complete, and the subordinate must follow. This idea is also true within the military. Orders are inherent and instilled from the first day of the military, in that all soldiers say the Oath of Enlistment as their first official tasks to be upheld. The Oath states: the example by which I refer to this Oath. Following of orders is given in an implied task on day one. Not following orders also has its own set of punishments. According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), an Article 15 or Article 92 may be placed upon a soldier based on the severity. An Article 15 is known simply as a Nonjudicial Punishment and requires approval by the commander, a Noncommissioned Officer may only recommend an Article 15. Article 15’s are used to deal out “in house” punishments that do not require the use the court martial system. An Article 92, or “Failure to Obey Order or Regulation” is when the court systems are utilized to punish a soldier for the failure to follow orders or regulations and violations of these orders.Respect Respect, meaning “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements”(Oxford Dictionaries – Respect), is the third Army Value and is a central pillar to the beliefs and principles upheld by the United States Army. These beliefs and principles are representative of this organization and are integral to the behaviors between superior and subordinate, team member to team member, or officer to Noncommissioned Officer, and are central to customs and courtesies that we must all adhere to. Respect and courtesies that travel both up and down the chain are not only critical, but highly revered and regarded by all. Respect is expected from the lower ranks upward, even if the person demanding the respect is unworthy of that respect. Something I personally have heard that I hold close to my heart is that “You don’t have to respect the person, but you must respect the rank.” Thusly, this concept is interwoven into the mindset of the average soldier. Respect of a Non-Commissioned or Commissioned Officer is expected, else challenging of authority is punishable legally, with reprimandation as a possibility. This concept is an integral part of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), as once somebody joins the US Army, they essentially waive their civilian rights of free speech against a superior, and have little ability to speak their opinion openly and freely without repercussions. Whether you agree or disagree with your superior, a simple “ACK” or “ROGER” is what should be said in compliance of an issuance of orders. Respect also allows and builds upon structure and discipline. Structure provides order and the necessary balance within an organization or ensure duties and responsibilities. Respect for rank, position, or authority ensures duties and tasks are accomplished by all to the best of their abilities. Respect ensures goals and tasks are executed and met. Respect is reflective also upon one’s own respect and discipline for themselves and others. For example, saluting an officer is a custom and courtesy that hinges on respect. If you do not care about the military, and are rude or disrespectful, and just walk by an officer without rendering a salute, you will most likely get a couple dirty looks and a immediate corrective training from said officer. This same principle applies to a greeting of the day to a senior Noncommissioned Officer. A proper “good morning” to the First Sergeant is fairly respectful. These examples further solidify the idea that without the basic respect for authority, the military would lack structure, rank, and authority. This lack of respect would and can negatively unit cohesion and individual discipline. At the end of the day, proper respect is needed to overcome interpersonal issues in order to receive and act upon orders necessary to accomplish the mission. In conclusion, I realize that my lack of time management impacted the ability for me to further myself and my career as an individual. The perception of these actions came off as disrespectful, of which was not my intention, nor my purpose or reasoning. I will utilize this learning opportunity to not make this mistake again and manage my time and efforts more wisely.