The Importance of Wearing the Proper Uniform The proper wear of the uniform is a very important key to our military success. One key factor is having strong discipline. Discipline is defined as behavior in accordance with rules of conduct behavior and order maintained by training and control (dictionary. com). I failed to meet the standards while in a Garrison environment. The standards while in Garrison environment in ACU’s is ACU top and bottoms with tan t-shirt, tan boots, and tan belt along with the black beret.
The reason why it is important to wear the uniform correctly is because it not only represents the military but it represents who you are as a person it represents your team members as well as your unit and your command. The beret is the basic headgear while in a Garrison environment and is not intended to be worn to the field. It is to be worn so that the headband is straight across your forehead one inch above the eyebrow.
The flash is positioned over the left eye and the excess is draped over the right ear, extending to at least the top of the ear and no lower than the middle of the ear (AR 670-1,3-5). The Army patrol cap is to be worn in field environments only. This is the reason as to why I am writing this essay is because I failed as an NCO to wear the appropriate headgear off post. The rule for us is once we leave McGregor base Camp, anywhere we go while in uniform has to be the black beret. . Each and every soldier is responsible for their appearance, being on time, physical fitness and a good deal of other thing that form their responsibilities. It’s all these little things that help make up a good soldier. A single soldier can make a big impact on other soldiers around him. This impact can be for better or for worse depending on how the soldier presents himself. No one wants to see a bunch of raged bums in the army. Being in the right uniform, at the right place, at the right time shows a basic level of self discipline and motivation.
As other soldiers take notice of someone doing these things it can help motivate them to further improve on themselves. However there is an opposite side to this. If a soldier is always late, in dirty or messed up uniform, or not at the right place it can influence others in a negative way. It can cause others to not to care as much about their responsibilities and loss of motivation. It is the soldiers’ responsibility to follow the guidelines set down by the Army regulations, NCOs, and officers appointed over them.