As children we are taught to obey our parents, teachers, police officers, and elders when told do to things. In basic combat training we were taught to obey orders from our chain of command. When we enlisted in the United States Armed Forces whether it be active duty, reserve, or national guard; we took an oath that stated that we would obey the orders of the President of the United States and all officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There are times while in the military service an officer or non-commissioned officer will give you and order and except you to follow that order. Some orders may not be some of the smartest orders but we as soldiers have to follow them. An order is defined as to give direction, to command, to regulate, conduct, and/or manage. In a time of war orders are given at times to save lives, there are times when those orders can be crazy and stupid. Not following orders not only affects the team, but as well the respect you have for your supervisor and how many of your team will come home alive and well. If a soldier fails to follow those orders he can suffer from serious consequences like judicial punishment of Article 92 of the UCMJ “failure to obey and order or regulation” as well as other non-judicial punishments. There are countless reasons why a member of the military should follow the orders that they are given. EVERY single order is important and relevant even if one doesn’t fully understand it at the time the order is given. Here is just a short list of the reasons it is important to obey; to be combat effective, to be disciplined, to be a team player, and to be a better service member to the military.