Many people know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage mean. But you don't see how much these words can affect people's lives as much as they do a soldier's life. As a soldier, I learned these values during basic combat training, and have since applied them to the way I live my life every day. These values are important to me because they create a guideline for me to follow. They help create goals for me to achieve and beliefs to adhere to.
Loyalty means bearing true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers. Bearing true faith and allegiance is a matter of believing in and devoting yourself to something or someone. A loyal Soldier is one who supports the leadership and stands up for fellow Soldiers. By wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army i am expressing my loyalty. And by doing my share, i strive to show my loyalty to my country, my unit, and to my battle buddies to the left and right of me. Duty goes hand in hand with loyalty, because if i failed to fulfill my duty, i would be failing my unit and my battle buddies. I would fail to remain loyal to my country.
Duty means fulfilling your obligations. Doing my duty means more than carrying out my assigned tasks. It means being able to accomplish tasks as part of a team. The work of the U.S. Army is a complex combination of missions, tasks and responsibilities — all in constant motion. Our work entails building one assignment onto another. You fulfill your obligations as a part of your unit every time you resist the temptation to take “shortcuts” that might undermine the integrity of the mission's outcome. Duty, to me, means coming in to work every day and giving my all to any and all tasks that are assigned to me.
Respect means treating people as they should be treated. Every time i recite the Soldier’s Code, i pledge to “treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same.”...
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