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disinterested,   but   from   their   ranks   many troublemakers  arise.  Any  single  division  may  have only  one  or  two  of  them;  in  the  aggregate, however,  they  present  a  tremendous  problem. Properly motivated and instilled with a little moral responsibility, they can become a great asset. All are important, and we must not lose their services through  failure  to  redirect  their  interests  and energies. The  rebellious  ones  must  be  made  to  under- stand they will be required to abide by rules and regulations  wherever  they  go,  not  only  in  the Navy. They must see that rules and regulations serve as guides by which we live and, if followed by  all,  make  life  more  pleasant  and  easy  for  all of  us.  They  must  be  taught  that  the  more  they discipline   themselves,    the  less  they  will  be disciplined by others. They must be shown their importance to the team and that their shipmates must be able to depend on them day by day, as well as in battle. They, along with those who are disinterested,  must  be  made  to  realize  that increasing their knowledge, advancing in rate, and assuming more responsibilities are not matters of personal  preference  but  duties. In this chapter we will discuss why discipline and leadership are essential to a military organiza- tion. PURPOSE OF DISCIPLINE The word discipline comes from a Latin word meaning  “to  teach,”  but  it  is  a  certain  type  of teaching.  Discipline  is  not  peculiar  to  military organizations.   Discipline   is   the   training   that develops  self-control,  character,  and  efficiency, or is the result of such training. Discipline, rightly viewed,   is   a   character   builder   rather   than   a destroyer  of  individuality. The Navy’s discipline consists of training its men and women to behave in certain ways under certain circumstances. It enables them to work as a  unit  with  maximum  efficiency.  To  encourage them toward this end, the Navy uses a system of motivation  and  correction  through  reward  and punishment.  Ambitious  Navy  men  and  women, when   recommended   by   their   commanding officers, are rewarded by timely promotions; lazy or  careless  individuals  suffer  a  self-inflicted punishment by missing out on these promotions. Those  who  are  negligent  or  indifferent  get  into trouble  and  are  punished  by  fines,  restriction, confinement,   demotion,   and   other   forms   of disciplinary action. Discipline implies adherence to  control  exerted  for  the  good  of  the  whole— the compliance with rules or policies intended for the  orderly  coordination  of  effort.  In  a  study  on this  subject,  Admiral  Arleigh  A.  Burke,  USN (Retired),  stated  that  “a  well-disciplined  organiza- tion is one whose members work with enthusiasm, willingness, and zest as individuals and as a group, to  fulfill  the  mission  of  the  organization  with expectation of success.” Personnel show signs of discipline in smart salutes, proper wearing of the uniform,   prompt   and   correct   action   in   any emergency,  and  battle  efficiency  that  brings victory  in  wars.  Discipline,  obviously,  is  in- dispensable  to  a  military  organization.  Without it almost any effort would be defeated by lack of organization.  Discipline  demands  habitual  but reasoned  obedience  to  command-obedience  that preserves  initiative  and  functions  unfalteringly even  in  the  absence  of  the  commander. The  purpose  of  discipline  in  the  military services  is  to  bring  about  an  efficient  military organization. Its aim is to train and control a body of  human  beings  for  concerted  action  to  attain a common goal. Discipline trains each individual to   fit   into   the   organization   as   a   whole.   The members  understand  one  another  through  the sharing  of  common  knowledge.  They  are  bound together  by  a  unity  of  will  and  interest  that  is expressed by their willingness to follow and obey their  leader.  A  group  so  organized  is  effective,  not only  for  the  specific  purpose  intended,  but  also for  an  emergency. REWARDS You can see the rewards of good discipline in various ways in the naval organizational structure. The  positive  results  are  evident  as  sailors  advance in rate, a division receives a passing grade on an inspection,  or  a  ship  successfully  completes  a deployment. The reward of good discipline for an enlisted person  may  be  in  the  form  of  a  Good  Conduct Medal.  If  individuals  are  disciplined,  they  will learn   their   rating   and   be   rewarded   with promotions. These  same  individuals,  when  placed  in divisions,  can  also  help  establish  discipline  there. The  responsibility  for  divisional  discipline  falls  on the petty officers, chiefs, and division officer. The reward  of  a  well-disciplined  division  is  that  it  will operate  smoothly  and  efficiently. Discipline  has  to  be  present  to  make  any organization work, but this is especially true in 5-2

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