Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Refusing to Obey Orders

I believe there is more to the story of the 343rd Quartermaster Company than we know, and I strongly urge awaiting the results of the investigations before forming any judgment.

The concerns of the soldiers are valid and should have been reported to and addressed by the chain of command in the field of operations.

While obedience in the military is of paramount importance, a soldier, as a reasoning agent may often be obliged to respond not as a machine, but as a person (US Court of Military Appeals); and while a Noncommissioned Officer has the duty to conduct the daily business of the Army within established orders, directives and policies, he is also tasked with the responsibility of taking care of his soldiers (The Army Noncommissioned Officer Guide).

That these soldiers are being utilized as fodder for political finger-pointing is shameful.


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