LA 400 American Vision and Values
Civic Project Report
Selection of the Civic Project
I was worried when I started this course and found out that we were to conduct a volunteer project. My worry was not due to lack of desire to be involved, but rather I knew that I would be deploying while taking this course. How would I be able to volunteer in my community when I would be thousands of miles away? Then a very interesting point was brought to my attention; my Air Force career itself is a foundation of community involvement, even if it takes me to a community that is not American. I have to admit that when I first joined the military it was not to serve my community. I was looking for a way to provide a better life for my family and my initial plan was to finish my six year enlistment and get out. I was not aware at the time of the impact military members, from all branches, have on their communities. Military members provide something much larger than ourselves, but necessary to our way of life; we provide protection of our nation’s freedom. There is a pride that we should all feel in knowledge our sacrifice affords to the greater good of our society. This pride is one of the reasons I decided to reenlist in 2005 and why I am going to reenlist again in 2011. Many military members are humble and may feel that their specific job doesn’t have a huge impact. However, I would disagree, from administration to infantry; everybody has a role to ensure we may have the benefit of freedom. In today’s military just about every career field deploys. These deployments play a major role to our preservation of liberty and my current deployment to Afghanistan is the basis of my civic project. I will discuss the required training I went through to qualify for my deployment and the work that I conduct in Afghanistan. Civic Project Objective
Objective 1 discusses the foundation for America’s ideas of equality before the law, political freedom, and government by consent. These concepts, which were molded from cultures of the past, have been redefined and in turn developed the greatest and most diverse society in the world. In turn our American experiment must be protected from those who would seek to eradicate it. The ancient Greeks, early Roman, and our Founding Fathers knew that the liberty must be protected at all costs by force, but this force could not be used as a political tool that could instill tyranny. For that very reason there are established checks and balances in our government that protect us from injustices such as coup d’état’s which could result in dictatorship. The people have the freedom to control the leadership in our country based on our founding ideals and the military is there to preserve that right. Objective 6 states that active participation is essential for a meaningful civic life. I would agree with this concept and military service is vital to this notion. Ryan Messmore, in “Longing for Belonging & the Lure of the State”, describes our “desire to be a member of a purposive community” and “to participate in something larger than oneself”. I, as well as thousands of other military members, can attest to this statement. Although the military is a governmental institution used to protect our freedom, it is a family based on volunteerism. The Vietnam War used the draft to increase it numbers. The war was very unpopular and the draft played a role in the distain for the military at that time. Since the Vietnam War, joining the military has become completely voluntary and this free-willed force has made our armed services stronger than any other time in our history. The choice to enlist and reenlist is entirely up to the individual, which makes the desire to continue service and be a part of its strong community much stronger. Entry 3
Training is crucial to deployments; the idea is to have personnel ready to conduct the mission as soon as their boots hit the ground. Although that...
References: Rauchut, E. A. (2008). American Vision and Values. Bellevue, NE. Bellevue University Press.
Rauchut, E. A., & Mason, K. C. (Eds.). (2008). Kirkpatrick Signature Series Reader. Bellevue, NE. Bellevue University Press.
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