Matter of duty, professionalism
May I remind all soldiers and everyone else reading this that a noncommissioned officer’s business is to train and lead soldiers and that does include enforcing the standards ("See if policies are still needed," letter, May 11). We do not allow violations to pass by just because of personal opinion or to "relax." By leading soldiers, we also display the example of what a professional looks like, therefore leading by example in all aspects.
"No one is more professional than I."
Granted, not all make corrections or even follow regulations themselves, but let this letter be a reminder to them, for now we know who are not good examples to follow and [should] check into whether they have any business being an NCO. However, no one is above this or any regulation, not a private first class, a first sergeant or a command sergeant major. This is why they are called regulations — guidelines and standards that are printed in black and white for all to abide by.
I do not know the exact process of how regulations are put together, but it was obviously approved and signed by the chief of staff of the Army to outline the appearance of the U.S. Army uniform and what does and does not look professional. Note: We are the U.S. Army, not Israeli or any other country. This is what separates us from any other. We are the greatest army in the world.
Is it really an absolute inconvenience and/or threat to your comprehensive fitness to perhaps place your folded beret on the tray with your sunglasses on top? If it is hot, have you checked if you can open the sleeves of your top?
If there is an issue with these standards, you can always suggest changes to the regulation (the regulation even tells you how to recommend changes) or get out of the service.
Staff Sgt. Melissa HarcrowCamp As Sayliyah, Qatar