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I could not have been more offended by "See if policies are still needed" (letter, May 11), the response to "An AR 670-1 burning fest?" (letter, April 23).

The writer does not understand that noncommissioned officers are charged to enforce all rules and policies, not just the ones they agree with. If a soldier knows a rule (example: not allowed to wear sunglasses on top of their heads or not allowed to walk and smoke), but knowingly chooses to do so, they lack discipline. This lack of discipline, if allowed, can lead to negative effects on job quality and mission success.

I applaud any specialist who has the courage to make a spot correction. That soldier is well on his way to becoming an NCO. The letter writer also states that we should look at the Israeli army because it has "one of the finest armies in the world." I will not because we are the finest Army in the world. If every NCO would make the corrections like they are charged to do, "AR 670-1 burn fest?" would not be an issue.

Sgt. 1st Class James GriffithContingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq

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