The Importance of Being on Time to Formations
In the military, being on time is very important. Marines are to be where they are told to be. Being a Noncommissioned officer, I need to show up on time, always. Junior Marines are always looking up to their noncommissioned officers, and to show them and inspire them to the higher standards possible, being on time is one of the most important thing a noncommissioned officer should do. There are a lot of things that shows true commitment to the Marine Corps and to the junior marines, and if I cannot be there at my appointed place of duty, what will the Marines under me think about me? The importance of being on time for formation includes obedience to orders, accountability, and inspiration to my Marines.
As an enlisted Marine, there will always be someone of a higher rank to give orders, and when they do, we have to abide by it and carry out the order for mission completion. The orders for formation are a key issue for multiple reasons and they are important. Marines should and will be always on time fora formation when told unless told otherwise, for example, they have a medical appointment, or a dental appointment, or any appointment that they need to go do during that time of the formation. This is why whenever there is a formation and the company gunnery sergeant, the company commander, or the battalion commander says the command, “report,” the marine holding the formation states, “…all presentor accounted for.” Accountability is important in the military.
Every marine has to be accounted for in their respective shops. The Officer in Charge of the platoon is accounted for the actions if the platoon and needs to know where every marine is and why.