Friday, April 5, 2013
Sweat the small stuff
Disciplined military professionals do not allow themselves or their shipmates to ignore minor requirements even when there is no direct mission impact. They understand that even the simplest regulations matter. And they are more likely to follow rules that do affect mission success.
Whenever we allow someone to get away with a small infraction, however trivial, we encourage disobedience through our inaction. Every time we ignore the small stuff, we make apparently minor requirements less important. Eventually the less important things become unimportant; and small stuff ignored becomes nothing at all. This leads to bigger and more important items becoming the small stuff, and the stage has been set for those requirements to be ignored as well.
From retired CTICS Jim Murphy's article in PROCEEDINGS magazine HERE.
Hey, if your CO can ignore SECNAV, your Sailor should not be faulted for ignoring the CO.