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Army values: These are put forth as guidelines. Guidelines as to what a soldier in the United States Army should utilize to keep in good order and conduct while serving their Army. Not utilizing these values could put you at risk, at risk of acting in a way that is unbecoming of a soldier in the United States Army. Without these values it could not be possible to complete the mission or task at hand. It can also create a hostile and untrustworthy work experience within your unit, platoon , or even squad. Some important values are Integrity, Loyalty, Honor, and Duty. These four, I believe, are the most important. I will define each of these values separately and go into depth as to how they are important with how you should act and conduct yourself as a soldier in the United States Army. Integrity defined: steadfast adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. Defined on the military side it is to do the right and morale thing. To me integrity is saying and doing what you mean and knowing that what you are doing is right and telling the truth and being willing to tell on yourself even when you know you could be at risk for adverse actions. According to Army Doctrine Publication 6-22 3-13 and 3-14, 3-13. Those who possess integrity consistently follow clear principles. The Army relies on leaders of integrity who possess high moral standards and are honest in what they say and their actions. Leaders are honest to their peers and those appointed above them by not presenting themselves or their actions as anything other than what they are, remaining committed to the truth. 3-14. Leaders of integrity do the right thing because their character permits nothing less. An Army without integrity is an army that cannot function within itself. Integrity makes us soldiers able to trust our peers and leaders. Without this how are we to have trust on the battlefield? You need to be able to trust each others and have the integrity to do the...