The seven Army values are the backbone of the United States Army. They are broken down to us in the acronym ‘LDRSHIP’. Loyalty, “Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. constitution, the Army, and other soldiers.” Duty, “Fulfill your obligations.” Respect, “Treat people as they should be treated.” Selfless Service, “Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates above your own.” Honor, “Live up to the army values.” Integrity, “Do what’s right legally and morally.” and Personal Courage “Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral).”
These seven Army values are taught to Soldiers in basic training and are reinforced through out a Soldier’s military career. They are expected to be followed in a peace time, garrison environment. They are also expected to be followed in a war-time, combat environment, however an additional meaning or expectation may be attached to certain values in combat. Also, the punishment for disobeying or not following one of the values is much greater, whether the punishment be through Uniformed Code of Military Justice, or in the form of how a Soldier is viewed by his or her superiors, during war time. The current crumbling state of the military, such as the decreasing age, operational readiness and leadership ability in the ranks of the Non-Commissioned Officers, is leading to a more prevalent breakdown in the adherence of Army values in lower enlisted Soldiers. Lower enlisted Soldiers are taught not to think for themselves, but to do as they are told, because it has always been that way. However, if a Soldier observes the seven Army values, but is given no loyalty, sense of duty, respect, or sense of integrity in return from his superiors, it is safe to assume a Soldier will not feel part of “something bigger”, and act out in this manner. In the FORSCOM Army, this Soldier will be punished because he or she acted out due to a feeling of being let down by their superiors, and the problem will be cyclical...
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