I have worked for the army as an NCO for the last 13 years and I have always tried to be accountable as much as I can, to live up to the standards of this base and carry out all my responsibilities abiding in the set out rules and regulations. As an Non Commissioned Officer I must be empathetic and positive. And, as always, must set the standard for integrity and character.
However in the recent past I found myself on the wrong side of the matter when over speeded in the base.
The script uses a global array to filter, consolidate, and sort the timing violations. The contents of the global array are then presented in a report of consolidated timing violations. There is illustrated a block of an exemplary global array. The global array includes a plurality of records. Each record includes fields for warning type, time of event, data events, setup time limit, hold time limit, amount of violation, time of last warning.
Because experience teaches us that there are some people that only learn by stripping them of their funds. There are others that the mere threat of that loss will keep them on the straight and narrow for 20years to come. And the officers that I know that are the biggest benefactors of professional courtesy deliberately disobey laws because they believe they can do so with impunity. A warning isn’t going to do it for them. An example is a Passaic County Sheriff’s Office incident. The Virginia deputy stopped them, advised them of the applicable law, asked them to obey it, and did not cite anyone. Everyone agreed that he was polite in doing this. The guys pulled back onto the highway resumed doing exactly what they were doing before, and then tried to get the deputy fired when they got home.
I hereby submit my Post Violation Report due to my misconduct. Over speeding is the main cause of so many accidents in the army base and other areas in the United States of America. I strongly believe that I was not supposed to go against the ethics, rules and regulations in the base. As an NCO am supposed to set out a good example to all other ground men. However in every day world, we sometimes find ourselves in such situations. In most cases it is not due to our own will but we accidentally find ourselves between a rock and a hard place and therefore try to get ourselves out of it.
This being the first time I have done this, I know I have not done such a big criminal activity. I never said that I don’t commit traffic violations. I think I’m pretty careful, but I have missed stop signs, exceeded the speed limit, failed to signal a turn, etc., like everyone else. So far, either I have been lucky or my violations were not so flagrant that they merited a stop. But after pushing a patrol car around for 13 years, I have to say that I can’t remember even once forgetting which car I was in, the patrol car or my personal car.
And even in the patrol car, if I committed an intentional traffic violation, it was to accomplish some job-related task, like get turned around to chase a violator or in the field and have to ignore some rules to in order to hit the target. It has never occurred to me to try this in the field of work nor in my private missions without a good reason.
If your situational awareness is so poor that you can’t remember whether you’re on or off duty or which car you’re driving, your problems go way past an officers’ discretionary decision making, and your head is definitely “in the clouds.” I think it’s interesting that you claim that you would have no problem with ignoring a lawful direct order from a superior officer, but you would fear retaliation and would decline to take enforcement action on a clear violation of the law if an officer was involved. If this is truly the situation you’re working in, your agency is in serious trouble.
Maybe so, but so what? You never had a brain fart, or were on automatic pilot, you unfortunately can’t control all this.
I admit however that on several occasion, when driving off duty in my private vehicle I have driven in the midnight hours because I forgot I was driving in my personal vehicle. Missed to obey the signs and instructions to the drivers.
I am not advocating for over speeding in any way, and never have advocated for the same, writing every Amy officer you stop. That is just as much an abuse of discretion as not writing anyone who is an NCO.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER
The duties and responsibilities of NCOs has remained the same for quite a longtime.As an NCO I should be responsible for the following:
Should know where your soldiers live and how to contact them
Use the unit to accomplish, as many missions as possible and at all cost never give out volunteer troops.
Managing a specific launch vehicle
System administration with decision-making authority.
Training new Operations Safety Technicians
In fact sometimes it has never been a prudent thing to do some of the following:
Sending food back to the kitchen.
Telling your significant other you have had better.
Commenting in front of your boss “I can find a better job tomorrow!”
Dating a co-worker/boss/bosses daughter.
At one point I found myself over speeding just because I could not let it go or because I needed to hit some deadlines.
Because most of the violations were not all that grave and my impression was that I had a wake-up call from the stop itself. Was I driving safely? Mission accomplished. But the guy that clearly knows what I was doing got me stopped, and who will resume that same activity as soon as we’re done because we thought he had the right to do that, if not a ride in the back seat.
As I qualified many times prior, anyone can talk themselves into a ticket. Just because you are military or physician does not mean I don’t run your driving license. I never said that every one of these members gets a pass, I have written military, physicians and other army officers.
Here are the facts, I would like to assume that a member of our armed forces is a reasonably decent individual service that few would undertake and regardless of station they deserve my respect and appreciation.
Discression is a funny thing. Where you might exercise it, I might not. Where you think me lax, I might think you unnecessarily harsh. Though you are correct in the spirit of your argument, its execution is not so easy. If this were easy, anyone could do it. I made discretionary decisions every day, and I don’t think I was harsh with them. The difference is that I used criteria that were relevant to the situation and that I could defend to anyone that questioned why I had done what I did. You want to bring in criteria of your own choosing that are based on your fears and biases. Overcoming fear and bias is something every one of us has to do in order to be an army officer. , or you get out.
I could have shined on any or all of these people, and no one would have known except them and me. As for is Fort Jackson SC cop that I didn’t know was a cop until after I had issued the ticket, he probably deserved a warning, as he was an out-of-towner who was unfamiliar with the intersection and turned left in violation of a posted sign. The cop part of it had nothing to do with whether it was a bad decision or not.
One of the sergeants tried to condemn me within the department for comforting another ground officer and that upset me very much.
One more thing: say you’re driving around tomorrow in your private vehicle running errands, and you run a red light. No intent to break the law; you just got distracted for a second, make decision without influence, and accept whatever consequences follow your conduct.
Some examples where premeditation discretion, in and of itself, doesn’t make sense: there comes a time when you have to attend to an emergency, and here is where our perspectives diverge. All of those applications of premeditated discretion to use your term are enacted pursuant to due process of law and legislation, formulated in compliance with the set out rules and regulations in the base, and is promulgated to the citizenry.
As noted above, a large number of substantially contemporaneous timing violations in a particular module can be the result of a single cause.
The violation time is the difference between the given speed limit and speed you have exceeded, and is calculated from the limits (setup or hold) and the difference in time between the clock and data events. The first warnings are used by the script to report consolidated information regarding multiple timing violations that occur at a particular module.
ACCOUNTABILITY OF AN NCO
Senior leaders, must afford these to junior troops:
Responsibility, to instill a sense of worth, pride and accomplishment;
Authority, to effectively carry out tasks they are responsible for;
Accountability, for actions right and wrong; and
Assistance, to help junior troops learn from leaders’ experience and expertise.
Such actions by leaders are vital to developing junior troops who will be tomorrow’s leaders. Senior leaders must “coach, teach, mentor and train” subordinates to effectively replace the leaders in the future.
Looking at what American military officers expect from their senior NCOs and vice versa. Officers in the U.S. military expect their senior enlisted leaders to be tactically, technically and strategically proficient; to be “professional beyond reproach”; and to be “the eyes and the ears for the commander” – the voice of service members and their families.
Senior NCO leaders should expect several things from their commanders and carry out the following:
Trust and accord respect.
Direct and open communication. “No one has permission to stop me from seeing General Pace
These are not a right, but must be earned through consistently professional and proficient actions.
Freedom of movement throughout the command. “You need to tell that commander, ‘Sir, I need to have freedom of moment throughout my area of responsibility. The only way I can advise you is if I see it,
Senior U.S. NCOs are empowered in many ways. However, empowerment is not about having power per se, but about influencing junior troops to do the right things. Infact power is not an issue; the big concern is how leaders exercise influence over their subordinates.
Maintaining good order
A person assigned as an NCO should be responsible for a defined common area within the barracks, e.g., hallways, laundry rooms, dayrooms etc., in writing and post this NCOs name.
Conspicuously in the vicinity of the assigned area. This NCO will, at a minimum, be responsible for reporting common area deficiencies to the Battalion R&U NCO. This person will sign for any furnishings and other accountable property located outside of individual soldier rooms.
Maintain room assignment rosters for the barracks. Assign soldiers to barracks by
requesting that the FMO issue barracks furniture to occupants. Units may appoint a barracks manager or similar person to assist in managing this function.
Non-commissioned Officers (NCOs). NCOs have the primary duty of maintaining the health, safety, welfare and discipline of the soldiers assigned to them. These duties extend to:
Ensuring that their soldiers have a healthy and safe living environment that complies with the
Army values and enhances unit readiness and discipline. NCOs are the key element of command.
Presence in the barracks. NCOs may exercise this leadership as common area NCOIC, SDNCO,
And CQ. NCOs will also exercise this leadership as first line and higher supervisors of soldier’s
Living in the barracks. At a minimum, NCOs will:
- Conduct inspections IAW Chapter 4 below.
- Monitor all barracks activities to ensure compliance with the letter of this regulation and the spirit of the Army values.
- Ensure the barracks are the safe, healthy environment for soldiers and other NCOs.
- Inspect barracks furnishings for accountability and serviceability.
Common areas. Assign an NCO to be responsible for a defined common area within the barracks, e.g., hallways, laundry rooms, dayrooms etc., in writing and post this NCO’s name conspicuously in the vicinity of the assigned area. This NCO will, at a minimum, be responsible for reporting common area deficiencies to the Battalion R&U NCO.
This person will sign for any furnishings and other accountable property located outside of individual soldier rooms.
Maintain room assignment rosters for the barracks. Assign soldiers to barracks by requesting that the FMO issue barracks furniture to occupants.
Units may appoint a barracks manager or similar person to assist in managing this function.
Under supervision the NCO is required to motivate and control the following:
Counsel soldiers and maintain counseling records.
Conduct corrective training when required
Keep soldiers informed during their work and events taking place and exercises.
Enforcing the equal opportunity program in the forces
As a Non Commissioned officer I understand that by over speeding in the base posed a srious danger to me and also to the other officers on duty. This was actually putting my life at risk. Also as an officer who is supposed to be a good example to my subordinates, I acted in a manner trying to suggest that is not a good example. I strongly believe that this was a great mistake and am determined to rectify any harm that may have been caused by my misconduct
- Robert Sterling Rush (2006) Non Commissioned Officer Guide
Stackpole Books, United States.
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