I had no reason to lie, nor did I show any hint of any of the army values that an enlisted military personnel who is a non commissioned officer in training would normally portray to younger, more impressionable soldiers in our unit. Lying to a non commissioned officer can be punished by UCMJ action due to the following reasons. Article 91: Insubordinate conduct toward a non-commissioned officer (you failed to obey the order in this case the order to contact SGT Henshaw before leaving post and who I was going with) , punished by 1 year confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances (willfully disobeying an NCO’s order).
Failure to Obey a Lawful Order (Sgt Henshaw ordered me to tell the truth, and I didn’t), punished by dishonorable discharge, 2 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances (if the situation involved a general order). BCD 6 month confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances (for the failure to tell the NCO the truth). Article 107: False Official Statements (told a lie when asked of my whereabouts), punished by 5 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances .
Disloyal Statements (prejudicial to the good order and discipline), punished by 3 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances (statements needed). Article 134: False Swearing (you took an oath and then lied), punished by Dishonorable Discharge, 3 year confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances. Article 134: Obstructing Justice (you lied to hide wrongdoing), punished by Dishonorable Discharge, 5 year confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances. Lying to a non commissioned officer shows disrespect to the NCO, The definition of disrespect is lack of respect, discourtesy, or rudeness.
In the United States Military, there are rules and regulations you must follow, one of them being respect to a non commissioned officer. No matter the circumstance, whether you agree or not, you are not allowed to talk back, physically fight back, or question judgment. If this does happen, there are consequences and repercussions from the actions taken on your part. Uniformed Code of Military Justice states that you can ultimately be separated, honorably or dishonorably for actions taken on your part. You can also receive an article fifteen, which takes your hard earned money away from you and your family.
It also will take any free time you may have, and can also limit your travel by telling you where you are allowed to go. The importance of maintaining correct protocol and Military bearing on and off duty, is essential because to show disrespect to an NCO when in uniform could cause disrespect among civilians about the military in general. Any disrespect towards my leaders, from team leader on up to Sergeant Major of the Army, along with the Platoon Leader on up to the Army Chief of Staff, or the President of the United States, can have a negative effect on the Morale and Welfare of those around me, junior or senior.
If a Soldier who is junior to me sees my behavior, he may believe that I, being a Specialist, am right because I outrank him. Then this soldier is also doing the same things I am because he thinks he can. Now because this behavior has been passed on, the leaders will have a harder time dealing with their soldiers. This should include leaving non work-related issues at home, and away from the workplace because they can get in the way of performing my duties as a soldier, especially when the disagreement is with another soldier, or an NCO. I am a Specialist, a rank earned by showing that I have the knowledge to “specialize” in my field.