When an enlisted man or woman is given an order, he or she is expected to abide by it. There are any number of reasons why orders are given and a surprising number of reasons why an enlisted individual might defy any given order. It is important to understand that failure to follow orders could result in significant consequences under military law. Most enlisted individuals understand this, but it can sometimes be difficult to follow orders that are not specific and precise in nature.
So, reports of alleged sexual assaults in the U.S. Army have recently skyrocketed in the European theater, and that’s a positive development?
One way for a would-be commissioned military officer to attain that status is to gain admission to and graduate from one of the nation’s prestigious military academies. Another is to participate in the military’s college-based program known as the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (more commonly referred as ROTC).
A military order would seem to be a cut-and-dried directive that simply needs to be obeyed, right? That seems fairly evident from even a cursory examination of military history, doctrine and practice in the field.