PV2 Marvin H. Ross, Jr.
What it Means to be a Professional Soldier
Professionalism as a solider is exemplified by the constant display of knowledge of what it means to be a soldier and showing that in your everyday duty. As a professional solider you should constantly have situational awareness, knowing how to address your superior and subordinates, maintaining your military bearing and how to do your job efficiently are the cornerstones of being a true professional solider.
The militaries of the world, especially the United States military, have a long and strong tradition of military structure that demands that those of lower ranks refer to their superiors in certain ways. If you do not know how to properly address superior officers, you can find yourself being reprimanded or, even worse, "smoked" (put through vigorous physical punishment). It can be a difficult habit to form, but once you get into the rhythm, it will come as second nature to you. However there may come a time in your military career where you find yourself in a position of leadership and you will have to give your subordinates a reputable example of what it means to be a professional soldier. Self-less service is the example of dealing with your subordinates putting there welfare ahead of yours to ensure that your unit or even squad run as smoothly as possible; the basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort.
Also important in being a professional soldier is the getting and keeping of ones military bearing. It encompasses his level of professionalism when dealing with others and his approach to military situations. Maintaining self-control and being accountable for actions is the mark of a soldier with good military bearing. Arguing with superiors, ignoring Army standards and permitting rule-breaking are...
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