What Are the Duties of a Sergeant at Arms?

by Chris Seabury

Within many organizations, the sergeant at arms plays a vital role as to how a particular organization is prepared for various meetings and activities, with their primary responsibility being to maintain order within an organization at all times.

Meetings

woman beginning meeting

In any organization, the sergeant at arms will ensure all bylaws and traditions are respected by everyone. During these meetings, it is the responsibility of this person to make certain parliamentary procedures are followed, and to call to order as well as adjourn all meetings.

Provide Support to the President

sergeant of arms listening to requests by president of organization

The sergeant at arms will always support the president by making sure he has all materials needed before the meeting. This means any outside materials or any additional support that will be needed by the organization will fall upon the sergeant at arms.

Welcome Members and Guests

sergeant of arms welcoming new guest

The sergeant at arms is the largest supporter of any organization where he will always provide motivation and enthusiasm to members and new guests. This means he shows up to various functions early and is there to greet everyone who comes to any event.

Enforce the Rules

sergeant of arms is in charge of discipline

It is the sergeant at arms' responsibility to enforce the rules. This means any infractions or violations of the organization's policies must be reported to the conduct committee for further action.

Must Carry out Orders from President

sergeant of arms writing down requests of president

Within any organization, there must be loyalty and discipline. The sergeant at arms is there to instill this loyalty and discipline by carrying out any requests or orders made by the president of an organization.

About the Author

Chris Seabury has a wide variety of writing experience, and over the last 12 years he has written for magazines, newspapers and websites. The different publications and websites where his articles have appeared include Investopedia.com, Game Day MD and Future Magazine, just to name a few. Seabury has bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.

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