Punctuality shows that you are responsible, trustworthy and can follow directions. Punctuality isn't just an order that the Army requires, but also …show more content…
Punctuality, as it pertains to the Army sense, requires us to be wherever we need to be at least ten to fifteen minutes early which allows our leaders to get accountability of us.
Punctuality is involved in each of the seven Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. It also applies to the warrior ethos, you cannot place the mission first if you are not punctual because you want to get some extra sleep. Here is how I believe each of the Army Values goes along with punctuality and an example along with them.
Loyalty: staying loyal to the Army adage of "if you're ten minutes early, you're on time; if you're on time, you're late". You're displaying the Army Value of Loyalty by maintaining the custom of being early to your place of duty and being loyal to your NCO or Officer that gave you the order to be somewhere. If you only ever showed up on time (right when formation is about to start) your leaders would not be able to get proper accountability of their charges, and if someone is missing get them there in time to avoid getting in trouble, and it would make them look like shit bags. Being there early is another way to show loyalty to your leaders.
Duty: it is a soldier's duty to be punctual. A soldier that fails to be punctual on a repetitive basis could be charged with, among other things and the severity of the situation, dereliction