Customs and courtesies

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Customs and Courtesies

As soldiers we are taught to live the seven Army values defining the basics of what a soldier is all about. One of those being respect. Relying on the golden rule, “How we consider others reflects upon each of us, both personally and as a professional organization.” I believe this is an extremely important value to live by each and every day. As a soldier I pledged to treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same. Respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in others. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty. And self-respect is an important ingredient with the Army value of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best
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I see duty as what youre supposed to do without complaining or making negative views on the issue.
Another army value which is next is respect. In the army value definition for respect is to treat others the way you would be treated and that respect is giving trust to another person other than your own. To me personally respect is tolerance for the person's background or views and accepting him or her as being an equal member of the human race or of creation.
Others are codes of behavior that must to be followed in order to present a one of a kind structure to the military as these customs and practices instill and show discipline and professionalism between its members.
Most military courtesies have similar manners in the civilian world. For example, it is mandatory for members of the military to address officers with "sir" or "ma'am" and senior enlisted with their rank, such as “sergeant” or “first sergeant”. This is just like many parents teaching their children the way to address and respect an adult. Even though it is not necessary for the senior officers to be considerate and polite, military courtesy is designed to for mutual respect among its members. It is give and take. A private will find it hard to respect and show courtesy to an officer if they do not return the same respect.
One commonly recognized custom and courtesy is the military salute. The military salute is given in a


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