The reason that America has more than it's fair share of cockups, I think, is because of the slacker discipline in the American forces. It has become, and this is the same as during the Vietnam war, less rigid, the older military training instilled in the troops fear of their superiors, they knew if they did one thing wrong they were heavily punished, it is essential, from a military standpoint, that when an order is given, it is not questioned, it is obeyed without hesitation, something that does not fit well with the modern army approach. When I was serving the rule was "Obey the last order", which meant, you did as you were told and complained later. If this had been the mantra of the Airforce, the pilot would have only to have been told once not to bomb, instead, he got into an arguement, and then went ahead and bombed. With today's lack of discipline there would be no way that men would have fought in trench warfare and blindly gone "over the top" to certain death.
A Message to Aviation Cadets
Entering the U. S. Naval Flight Preparatory Schools
...Discipline means that you subject your-self to control exerted for the good of the whole. It is absolutely indispensable in a military organization.
Two essentials of discipline are obedience to proper authority and uniform obedience by all.
Discipline is a necessary component of every phase of military life. If you willingly subject yourself to Its standards, you will soon learn to respect it and therefore never have to fear it. Unlike small boys who try to see how much they can get away with, Aviation Cadets must enforce regulations upon themselves and later upon others. Willful infraction of regulations will result in punishment for the offender. You will find, however, that discipline at the U. S. Naval Flight Preparatory School is used chiefly to mold, correct, improve, and develop qualities of leadership in cadets.
Three reasons why men accept discipline are fear of punishment, cheerful and spontaneous acquiescence because of faith in their cause, and respect for the confidence their leaders place in them.
Most of the discipline of the Navy rests either upon tradition or on the basic laws that comprise The Articles for the Government of the Navy. These "Articles" comprise the "Constitution" of the Navy and from them most Naval regulations and instructions have been derived.
The Rules of Discipline are:
Obey orders cheerfully and willingly.
Obey the last order received from any responsible authority.
Show respect to your seniors at all times.
Remember that you will soon be a leader and will be giving orders. You will be responsible then to see that those under you obey. You must first learn to be obedient yourself before you can expect to be a leader of other men.
Discipline does not mean short liberties, restrictions of personal conduct, and forced obedience to all sorts of rules and regulations. It does mean self-control, a cheerful obedience to necessary laws and regulations, and a square deal to your fellowmen.
It seems a shame that the Articles from 1930 have been watered down :)
Articles for the Government of the United States Navy, 1930
The punishment of death, or such other punishment as a court martial may adjudge, may be inflicted on any person in the naval service --
Who makes, or attempts to make, or unites with any mutiny or mutinous assembly, or, being witness to or present at any mutiny does not do his utmost to suppress it; or, knowing of any mutinous assembly or of any intended mutiny, does not immediately communicate his knowledge to his superior or commanding officer;
Or disobeys the lawful orders of his superior officers;
Or strikes or assaults, or attempts or threatens to strike or assault, his superior officer while in the execution of the duties of his office;
Or gives any intelligence to, or holds or entertains any intercourse with, an enemy or rebel, without leave from the President, the Secretary of the Navy, the commander in chief of the fleet, the commander of the squadron, or, in case of a vessel acting singly, from his commanding officer;
Or receives any message or letter from an enemy or rebel, or, being aware of the unlawful reception of such message or letter, fails to take the earliest opportunity to inform his superior or commanding officer thereof;
Or, in time of war, deserts or entices others to desert;
Or, in time of war, deserts or betrays his trust, or entices or aids others to desert or betray their trust;
Or, sleeps upon his watch;
Or leaves his station before being regularly relieved;
Or intentionally or willfully suffers any vessel of the Navy to be stranded, or run upon rocks or shoals, or improperly hazarded or maliciously or willfully injures any vessel of the Navy, or any part of her tackle, armament, or equipment, whereby the safety the vessel is hazarded or the lives of the crew exposed to danger.
Or unlawfully sets on fire, or otherwise unlawfully destroys any public property not at the time in possession of an enemy, pirate or rebel;
Or strikes or attempts to strike the flag to an enemy or rebel without proper authority, or, when engaged in battle, treacherously yields or pusillanimously cries for quarter;
Or, in time of battle, displays cowardice, negligence, or disaffection, or withdraws from or keeps out of danger to which he should expose himself;
Or, in time of battle, deserts his duty or station, or entices others to do so;
Or does not properly observe the orders of his commanding officer, and use his utmost exertions to carry them into execution when ordered to prepare for or join in, or when actually engaged in, battle, or while in sight of an enemy;
Or, being in command of a fleet, squadron, or vessel acting singly, neglects, when an engagement is probable, or when an armed vessel of an enemy or rebel is in sight, to prepare and clear his ship or ships for action;
Or does not, upon signal for battle, use his utmost exertions to join in battle;
Or fails to encourage in his own person, his inferior officers and men to fight courageously;
Or does not do his utmost to overtake and capture or destroy any vessel which it is his duty to encounter;
Or does not afford all practicable relief and assistance to vessels belonging to the United States or their allies when engaged in battle.
Such punishment as a court-martial may adjudge may be inflicted on any person in the Navy --
Who is guilty of profane swearing, falsehood, drunkenness, gambling, fraud, theft, or any other scandalous conduct tending to the destruction of good morals;
Or is guilty of cruelty toward or oppression or maltreatment of any person subject to his orders;
Or quarrels with, strikes, or assaults, or uses provoking or reproachful words, gestures, or menaces toward any person in the Navy;
Or endeavors to foment quarrels between other persons in the Navy;
Or sends or accepts a challenge to fight a duel or acts as a second in a duel;
Or treats his superior officer with contempt, or is disrespectful to him in language or deportment, while in the execution of his office;
Or joins in or abets any combination to weaken the lawful authority of or lessen the respect due to his commanding officer;
Or utters any seditious or mutinous words;
Or is negligent or careless in obeying orders or culpably inefficient in the performance of duty;
Or does not use his best exertions to prevent the unlawful destruction of public property by others;
Or, through inattention or negligence, suffers any vessel of the Navy to be stranded, or run upon a rock or shoal, or hazarded;
Or, when attached to any vessel appointed as convoy to any merchant or other vessels, fails diligently to perform his duty, or demands or exacts any compensation for his services, or maltreats the officers or crews of such merchant or other vessels;
Or takes, receives, or permits to be received, on board the vessel to which he is attached any goods or merchandise for freight, sale, or traffic, except gold, silver, or jewels for freight or safe-keeping; or demands or receives any compensation for the receipt or transportation of any other article than gold, silver, or jewels without authority from the President or Secretary of the Navy;
Or knowingly makes or signs, or aids, abets, directs, or procures the making or signing of, any false muster;
Or wastes any ammunition, provisions, or other public property, or, having power to prevent it, knowingly permits such waste;
Or, when on shore, plunders, abuses, or maltreats any inhabitant or injures his property in any way;
Or refuses or fails to use his utmost exertions to detect, apprehend, and bring to punishment all offenders, or to aid all persons appointed for that purpose;
Or, when rated or acting as master-at-arms, refuses to receive such prisoners as may be committed to his charge, or, having received them, suffers them to escape, or dismisses them without orders from the proper authority;
Or is absent from his station or duty without leave or after his leave has expired;
Or violates or refuses obedience to any lawful general order or regulation issued by the Secretary of the Navy;
Or, in time of peace, deserts or attempts to desert, or aids and entices others to desert;
Or receives or entertains any deserter from any other vessel of the Navy, knowing him to be such, and does not, with all convenient speed, give notice of such deserter to the commander of the vessel to which he belongs, or to the commander in chief, or to the commander of the squadron.
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You are my opponent, but not my enemy, for your resistance gives me strength. Your will gives me courage. Your spirit ennobles me. And, although I aim to defeat you, should I succeed, I will not humiliate you, instead I will honour you..For without you, I am a lesser man.
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