The main reason for this essay is because I did not follow out proper orders and was not at the correct place of duty for accountability. Regardless of my reasons for absence, there is no excuse big enough to not make it on time for a formation. I want to be an excellent soldier and I want to excel in the military. My first line would call this action laziness, irresponsibility, and un-leadership like qualities that of which have neither the right to stake a claim of existence within nor to continue residing in the army. However, as I may or may not have said before I'd like to stay and continue my journey up the road of leadership. The first step I need to put into action is making sure I am always accounted for which in turn means I am on time for place of duty if not fifteen minutes prior. This is a simple task that is easy and painless to follow through on, and it will be accomplished.
On a separate note, the word punctuality comes to mind. Its definition is "acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt. Punctuality shows that you are responsible, trustworthy, and can follow directions. Punctuality isn't just a hidden value that the army requires, but also a good personal trait that is a reflection of a person’s character; it shows that you have person integrity and self-discipline. Under the disciplined structure of military life, there is no margin for error. There are many circumstances and failure to be prompt could have consequences. Punctuality being part of military discipline has a direct correlation to the soldierly appearance and combat readiness of a unit. Without discipline we cannot efficiently complete our daily tasks at hand. If we cannot efficiently complete our duties we are no longer the Army.