Military personnel are held to a higher standard of conduct. Respect is integral in conducting ourselves with proper military bearing. Military bearing was stressed with great importance in boot camp and with good reason. We are a direct reflection of the United States Coast Guard and should conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with proper military etiquette and appearance. As stated in the United States Coast Guard Statement of Values, “We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion.
We encourage individual opportunity and growth and promote creativity through
empowerment. We work as a team and take pride in our workplace.” Proper military bearing brings respect to the military as a whole, whether on-duty or off-duty among civilians. Civilians’ knowledge of the military is based on the image we project; therefore it is absolutely essential to project a positive view and positive attitude.
As a non-rate at Aids to Navigation Team New York, I am fully aware that any respect given to me from fellow shipmates comes only from my actions and attitude as a unit member. My age has undoubtedly lead to a high level of expectation from my command and my shipmates. My tardiness has kept me from living up to my unit’s expectations. It’s an issue I must strive to correct. I have lost respect from my supervisors and have ultimately left a sour feeling among them. My actions have also shown disrespect to my supervisors as I did not obey the order given to me earlier to arrive to work on time. I have spoken openly about my shortcoming to my supervisors and