The 7 Army Values; Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage, are the guiding force in the actions and conduct of every member of the U.S. Army today. Our failure to understand and utilize the moral and ethical guidelines expressed by the Army Values lead to troubled Soldiers and bad leaders. Loyalty
Bear true faith and allegiance to the US Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers. Be loyal to the nation and its heritage. Loyalty is a two-way street: you should not expect loyalty without being prepared to give it as well. The loyalty of your people is a gift they give you when, and only when, you deserve it—when you train them well, treat them fairly, and live by the concepts you talk about. Remember, Soldiers fight for each other—loyalty is that commitment. A loyal Soldier must observe higher headquarters’ priorities and work within the system without manipulating it for personal gain. Loyalty extends tor all members of all components of the Army. Both the reserve component (Army National Guard and Army Reserve) and Army civilians all play an increasingly active role in the Army’s mission. Duty
Fulfill your obligations. The essence of duty is acting in the absence of orders or direction from others, based on an inner sense of what is morally and professionally right. Duty begins with everything required of you by law, regulation, and orders; but it includes much more than that. As a professional, do your work not just to the minimum standard. It is important to work to the very best of your ability. It is also important to commit to excellence in all aspects of your professional responsibility so that when the job is done they can look back and say, “I couldn’t have given any more.” Take the initiative, figuring out what needs to be done before being told what to do. What’s more, take full responsibility for your actions and those of your subordinates. Never shade the truth to make the unit look good—or even to make others feel good. Instead, follow your higher duty to the Army and the nation. Leaders who demonstrate devotion to duty fulfill all obligations professional, legal, and moral. Carry out mission requirements and meet professional standards while setting a positive example. True leaders always Comply with policies and directives and continually pursue excellence. Respect
Treat people as they should be treated. Army leaders honor everyone’s individual worth by treating all people with dignity and respect. The leader who feels and gives the respect due to others cannot fail to inspire in them towards himself. While he who feels, and hence manifests, disrespect toward others, especially his subordinates, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself. Respect for the individual forms the basis for the rule of law, the very essence of what makes America. In the Army, respect means recognizing and appreciating the inherent dignity and worth of all people. This value reminds you that your people are your greatest resource. Leaders who demonstrate respect Treat people as they should be treated and Create a climate of fairness and equal opportunity. They are discreet and tactful when correcting or questioning Soldiers and never take advantage of positions of authority. They Show concern for and make an effort to check on the safety and well-being of others. Selfless service
Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own. Selfless service leads to organizational teamwork and encompasses discipline, self-control, and faith in the system. Selfless Service means doing what is right for the nation, the Army, your organization, and your people and putting these responsibilities above your own interests. The needs of the Army and the nation come first. Selfless service means that you do not make decisions or take actions that help your image or your career, for a team to work, the individual has to give up...
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