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“I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." With these well-known words, recruits around the United States are sworn into the military every week. Their families gather at the Military Entry Processing Station with excitement to watch them take that first step into our great profession. Little do they know, loyalty will be the key for success in their career. Often, loyalty makes us think of scenes in movies where characters show courage and love for those involved in their lives. In the military, loyalty is more complex than this. It can be both positive and negative and it is something recruits must display to themselves and their fellow comrades.

In her article for Leading for Loyalty, “Employee Loyalty Doesn’t Equal Longevity,” Wendy Phaneuf states “Today, employee loyalty means that I give my full commitment to the job — while I’m on the job.” This is a perfect example of positive loyalty for mission accomplishment. In the military, you’re on the job every day when you are deployed. You need to stay committed in order to be able to accomplish any mission to the best of your ability. Recruits will get a small taste of this during the confidence course at basic training. Although its not in a life or death situation, they will be able to see how being loyal to one another can assist on completing small missions faster. Unfortunately, loyalty is not always such a positive force. Often, people act loyally out of fear or insecurity, instead of care which causes us to harm others, instead of helping them. Throughout the military, there have been many examples of people who have been loyal to other countries or leaders simply out of fear or for money. A very good example is the case of MAJ Hasan. In an article for Killen Daily Herald “Hasan's crime fits treason definition” it states, “On June 4,

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