Why Disrespect Effects unit Cohesion
By PV2 Brandon Couchman
To understand why Disrespect effect unit cohesion, its important to know what Disrespect, respect, and Cohesion means.
1. lack of respect; discourtesy; rudeness.
–verb (used with object)
2. to regard or treat without respect; regard or treat with contempt or rudenes
So, what is respect then?
/rɪˈspɛkt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ri-spekt]
1. a particular, detail, or point (usually prec. by in): to differ in some respect.
2. relation or reference: inquiries with respect to a route.
3. esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment.
4. deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly.
5. the condition of being esteemed or honored: to be held in respect.
6. respects, a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship: Give my respects to your parents.
7. favor or partiality.
Respect is important for unit cohesion. Without it, it is easy to break apart and crumble. The unit would be less effective, and more inclined to failure. According to FM 6-22,
Treat people as they should be treated.
The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be
gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more
likely to destroy than to make an army. It is possible to impart instruction and to give
commands in such manner and such a tone of voice to inspire in the soldier no feeling
but an intense desire to obey,...