Punctuality is a very important part of military life for several reasons. one reason is that if someone is late for a patrol …show more content…
That is why one cannot simply try to be exactly on time because what happens when something does happen to come up? Cushion time should be factored in for the unexpected. There is no reaction of time for you to adjust however needed to take care of whatever came up.
Just one person being late can set into motion a chain of events that can set back and throw any number of people’s days off schedule. This could take just as long or longer to recover from, but being fifteen minutes earlier would have cost one only a few moments. Let us say Specialist Smith has a scheduled eye exam and his alarm did not go off that morning. He was fifteen minutes late for his scheduled appointment. Some offices have a policy of skipping late patients, whereas some will allow a ten minute grace period. If the situation were the former, then Specialist Smith would have missed his appointment and time at work. Now he will need more time from work for his rescheduled appointment. Now let us say Specialist Smith’s eye exam was at the Troop Medical Clinic. If he had been late for that appointment, Smith could have several consequences to face. First, he could have corrective training. However, if this was not Specialist Smith’s first offense, he could face legal action in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In that case Specialist Smith could lose rank, be required to