The interest of the service requires that discipline be firm, but at the same time reasoned. All unnecessary rigor, all punishment not determined by the laws or regulations that is likely to produce a feeling contrary to the fulfillment of duty, all words, all acts, all offensive gestures, as well as requirements that exceed the needs or convenience of the service and In general, everything that constitutes an excess by the superior towards his subordinates is strictly prohibited and will be severely punished.
The vital principle of discipline is the duty of obedience. Every military man must bear in mind how noble it is to command as to obey and that whoever knows best how to obey will command better.
Orders must be carried out with accuracy and intelligence, without delay or murmuring; The recipient may only ask for clarification, when they seem confusing, or to be given in writing when their nature warrants it. It will refrain from issuing any opinion, except in the case of making respectful clarifications. In order not to hinder the initiative of the inferior, the orders will only express, generally, the object to be achieved, without going into details of execution.
Subordination must be rigorously maintained between grade and grade of the military hierarchy; the exact observance of the rules that guarantee it, will keep each one within the just limits of their rights and duties.
Among individuals of the same degree, subordination may also exist, provided that one of them is invested with a special command. This rule mainly occurs when a military man performs an interim or accidental command.
The normal exercise of command requires, on the part of all military personnel, a perfect knowledge of their duties and rights; constantly keeping within the spirit of the regulatory prescriptions, no military man exercising it should hesitate to take the initiative, and accept the responsibilities of his employment.
Every military officer in command must know his subordinates: their mentality, their origin, their aptitudes, their health, their qualities and defects.
The military have the obligation to carry out the service commissions that are named according to their jobs or the functions they carry out in the Army.
So that they do not ignore the responsibilities they incur if they commit any omission, fault or crime, they must know in detail the military laws and regulations that relate to their situation in the Army.
The military is prohibited, under severe punishment, from any conversation that shows lukewarmness in the service or displeasure due to the fatigue required by their obligation.
They will accept with dignity and satisfaction the obligations imposed by their service in the Army, providing, whenever possible, their moral and material help to their inferiors and colleagues who need it, since they must never forget that solidarity and mutual aid, they facilitate life in common and the fulfillment of military duties, constituting esprit de corps, a feeling of the collectivities that all the military have the duty to promote.
All military personnel will make through the regular channels, starting with their immediate superior, the requests that they raise and will only be able to save them, in the case of matters outside the service or complaints against a superior; in this case, it will happen to the immediate superior of the person who has inflicted the wrong or who has not responded to their complaint and still has the right to go to the President of the Republic.
Superiors have the obligation to comply exactly and make their inferiors comply with the orders they have received, not being able to apologize in any way with the omission or neglect of these, in the understanding that by dissimulation, it will fall on them The responsability.
Every military man who gives an order has the duty to demand that it be carried out, and the officers and lower classes have the duty to oversee its execution; To tolerate that an order is not executed is a lack of firmness, and to put oneself in the case of nullifying it without reason is proof of weakness and of little character, both things are contrary to discipline.