In this essay, I will be looking at and justifying the role of discipline within the public services, as well as evaluating the impact of discipline. Discipline takes a massive role in the public services for many reasons. It is crucial for the servicemen to stick to the rules, which I will be demonstrating within my case study which looks at what happens when a Buckingham Palace Guard is seen pirouetting.
Every serviceman within the uniformed public services knows how discipline is of the upmost importance when serving your country. There are many reasons for this, although some people feel that some are more important others. Some of these reasons include:
•Keeping yourself and others around you safe when in dangerous environments
•Knowing what you can and can’t do
•Serving and representing the country in the correct manner •Keeping the public safe
And the list goes on, although these points will be the focus for this essay. Some say that keeping yourself and others around you safe is the most important role of discipline. Entering any sort of dangerous situation without the knowledge or discipline to adhere to the basic rules could not only cause your own death, but also risking the lives of everyone around you. Although this is a very valid reason, some may argue that if someone accidently breaches the rules without knowing their breaking a rule, then it is completely reliant on the training given to that person. This then leads to the importance of knowing the rules of your service and what you can and can’t do within your role. I think that this is totally reliant on your training; if you haven’t been told what you can and can’t do then how are you supposed to know.
Although I think most people would agree with me, there are few that, despite of this, will discipline their colleagues whether they know the rules or not, leaving it up to them to learn the hard way. Moving on to my third point, if you are to serve the country, most people would agree in saying that they should do it in the correct manner by showing that they are disciplined. This includes setting a good example for their service, e.g. not getting into fights. In one case, there was a Grenadier Guardsman caught on camera dancing and pirouetting in front of Buckingham Palace. This included him marching in slow motion and freezing with his leg in the air. A lot of people saw this as a disgrace to the uniform, with one woman, who said her son was a Guardsman, saying ‘the soldier had “disgraced his uniform” and should be “severely reprimanded.’ An Army spokeswoman also said “We are aware of the video.
Anyone who is found to fall short of the Army’s high standards can expect to face appropriate action.” But other comments were more forgiving: “It’s a harmless bit of fun and entertainment for the crowd. He is still doing his job but showing his human side too.” My opinion on this is that he has disgraced every single serviceman who works hard to abide by the rules to upkeep the entire uniform’s respect and appearance. I totally agree with the army spokeswoman when she says “If you are on patrol outside Buckingham Palace that is an important job and we do not expect people to be messing around.” Onto my final point of keeping the public safe. In my opinion, this is the most vital reason for having discipline within the uniformed public services.
The core role of all public servicemen is to keep their country safe, including each and every one of their people. This goes from taking care of criminals in a prison, to saving lives as a paramedic, to fighting for their country’s safety on a battlefield. They are all needed to keep the public safe. Some may say that it is wrong to risk your own life to fight terrorists, or that it costs too much money to upkeep the services. But in my opinion, they couldn’t be more wrong. Everything they do is to serve the country.