We live in a country - right now - where we have economic opportunities to succeed, if we are only willing to work hard.Â Â Yes - there's a recession, but because of the service of our Armed Forces and their sacrifices over the years, the level of freedoms and opportunityÂ that have been won here are virtually unparalleled in other nations.Â Â We face constant threats to that freedom - both foreign and domestic - daily, and none of us can afford to become complacent.Â Â As our soldiers have sacrificed to bring us these freedoms, we, as citizens owe them the duty of protecting those freedoms by cherishing and insisting upon adherence to the founding principles that has made this nation strong - and free.Â
As a mother, whose son is shortly scheduled to be off to basic training in Fort Benning, I have recently been exposed - and reminded, of the core guiding principles that are the backbone of our Army, and are desperately trying to be the backbone of our Country.Â Â Sadly, with so few exposed to these daily guiding principles in our ever-liberalizing educational system, I fear that we, as a nation may soon forget why our forefathers came here to begin with.Â
The Army teaches the "Command Philosophy":Â Â
"Take care of those whom you are responsible for, lead by example and have fun"
The Seven Army Values are:
Leaders who demonstrate loyalty:
- Bear true faith and allegiance in the correct order to the Constitution, the Army, and the organization.
- Observe higher headquartersâ€™ priorities.
- Work within the system without manipulating it for personal gain.
Leaders who demonstrate devotion to duty:
- Fulfill obligationsâ€”professional, legal, and moral.
- Carry out mission requirements.
- Meet professional standards.
- Set the example.
- Comply with policies and directives.
- Continually pursue excellence.
Leaders who demonstrate respect:
- Treat people as they should be treated.
- Create a climate of fairness and equal opportunity.
- Are discreet and tactful when correcting or questioning others.
- Show concern for and make an effort to check on the safety and well-being of others.
- Are courteous.
- Donâ€™t take advantage of positions of authority.
Leaders who demonstrate selfless service:
- Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and subordinates before their own.
- Sustain team morale.
- Share subordinatesâ€™ hardships.
- Give credit for success to others and accept responsibility for failure themselves.
Leaders who demonstrate honor:
- Live up to Army values.
- Donâ€™t lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those actions by others.
Leaders who demonstrate integrity:
- Do what is right legally and morally.
- Possess high personal moral standards.
- Are honest in word and deed.
- Show consistently good moral judgment and behavior.
- Put being right ahead of being popular.
Leaders who demonstrate personal courage:
- Show physical and moral bravery.
- Take responsibility for decisions and actions.
- Accept responsibility for mistakes and shortcomings.
Whatever your philosophy, beliefs or perspective - I would find it difficult to understand why anyone would find fault with any of these values.Â Â Very difficult indeed.Â Â I'm proud of our Armed Forces, and it is the desire of my heart that more young people should be taught these core values, so that we might return, as a nation to the foundations of our forefathers before we find ourselves hopelessly lost.Â Â Perhaps if we remember these values, and whenever we are divided, as a people, we examine the possible solutions - and our elected officials characters -Â against these core values - perhaps we will find a common middle ground after all.Â Â
God Bless America -