The Army Values

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The Army Values
Loyalty
"Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. constitution, the Army, and other soldiers.
Be loyal to the nation and its heritage."

I define loyalty as the willingness of a person to sacrifice at their own personal expense in order to protect, uphold, defend and edify those persons, ideals and/or things which they cherish most. The amount of loyalty a person feels towards someone or something determines how much they are willing to sacrifice for them. As a soldier, we are called upon to sacrifice every aspect of our lives - the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual - in order to protect, uphold, defend and edify the U.S. constitution, the Army, our fellow soldiers and the nation and heritage
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The Army defines many of these boundaries for soldiers through codes of conduct, expected duties, and rules regarding fraternization; it also defines the limits of each soldier's career positions through policies, standards and identified levels of MOS training. It is most important to note, however, every individual’s ability and freedom to make their own choices - that is to say, their autonomy - and the ways that those choices may be influenced at the crux of decision. All the codes and standards and regulations in the world cannot change the fact that soldiers, as human beings, face the choice every day to react with respect or disdain in any given situation; and as human beings, they do not always live up to one another's expectations. It is the recognition of each person's autonomy that allows both leadership and peers to take into consideration the individual's boundaries and limitations, and to offer them the respect they are due, which more often than not then paves the way to respectful reciprocation. As noted in the paragraph above, those who feel respect and give respect to others most often inspire it from others for themselves. Respect can be summed up (albeit rather simplistically) as the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Selfless Service
“Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.Selfless service leads to

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