28 Nov 14
Integrity, what does it mean to me? How does it apply to the world around me? How does it affect the lives of everyone if integrity is not held to a certain standard? Why is integrity important? Those are some of the questions I am going to answer. The word Integrity has many different meanings and it cannot just be summed up into just one person’s definition. And I will capture my definition of integrity and what it means to me.
By definition the word Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness. To me Integrity means being completely, openly honest at what ever the cost. To hold a responsibility and come through with it when noone is looking when no one is around and when all eyes are on you it’s a standard to be held in the highest degree. It can be summed up to be the stature of a person who has built a reputation weither it be negative or positive. One can be looked at for having zero integrity and zero credibility no one will trust anything that person will say or do. On the flip side a person with a great reputation of being truthful and honest will be leading a group of people and teaching them the right way all the time.
Integrity applies to everything in the world around me. In the Strategic Weapons world Integrity is one of a few tools sailors are judged on when evaluating them for the Personnel Reliability Program. If a person cannot be truthful to himself and his job it could reflect in his job performance. Working on strategic weapons takes a certain standard of person to do the job. If someone cannot fulfill their responsibilities and integrity is compromised, that sailor cannot do his job it would affect watch bills personnel around him would be doing his job for him causing more stress and more work for everyone else.
Integrity is also a principal to the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Without integrity you could not have Honor. No one in their right mind