Customs and Courtesies
The Army of today is an extremely traditional
community with a varying and extreme amount of customs,
and has literally thousands of ways of conducting its business.
Some have aged well with time, and the ones that haven’t have
been updated to accommodate the changing tides of societal
custom. Although many have been altered so as to suit the
current demanding trends of modern day change, possibly the
oldest of the traditions is still alive today in the United States
Armys rules, regs, customs, and courtesies. The seven Army
values are among the most important main fundamentals of the
Armys way of life, alongside those being our traditional
customs and courtesies. They are the main fundamentals of
Army life, and are expected of us on and off duty, no matter
the setting, or the recipient of said values. The birth of our
glorious military dating all the way back to the first militias of
the 13 colonies abided a system of customs and courtesies that
have been passed on ever since, and are integral to the unit
cohesion which the survival of our great nation depends on.
These customs are defining features of the professionalism that
is always expected of us. Taking these military fundamentals
laxly or undermining them in any way, sabotages the espirit de
corps, which we all rely on to keep us together as a family of
warriors. Professionalism taught by these customs and
traditions must govern all soldiers in both their personal life,
but also at work, and in the field. These customs promote a
more pleasurable life for all involved, creating involvement, a
sense of completion, and gratefulness to the style of military
life they have become a part of, and it will hold true
throughout that soldiers entire Army career.
Customs and courtesies are a way of behaving, a
behavior that has prevailed through army history so long that...
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