Using The Core Values Everyday Many people know the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage and what they mean, but how often do we actually live up to them? I learned the Seven Core Army Values through JROTC and ROTC programs and I have noticed that I practically use them everyday. I show loyalty by believing in myself and my fellow cadets here with me in this ROTC program. I will support my leadership and also stand up for the team/cadets. Another way that I show loyalty is by wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army.
The core values are much more than the standard for work, they are a standard for life. We volunteered to serve our country and should remember that our individual actions define not just us but also the Air Force. These are the standards that not only our superiors expect of us, but more importantly our team members. The bond we create through training and war is a bond built upon these values. The three Air Force Core Values reminds myself of the way I was raised and the morals my family instilled in my mind.
In my opinion it is one of the most important of all of them. It is very important but without the other values, Duty by itself cannot assist in accomplishing the mission. We still have the other values like leadership, respect, selfless service, honesty, integrity, and personal courage. These all set up the framework for us to be able to accomplish or duty as soldiers. All of them work hand in hand with each other.
My leadership philosophy is a fairly simple one that draws on a few key leadership traits and characteristics to shape the direction and vision in which I will lead my command. My leadership philosophy is: “Empowerment of Airmen to accomplish the mission…Respect, Commitment, Communication and Accountability are the keys to success.” By empowering the Airmen within the unit to accomplish the tasks at hand, the work of the unit gets done.1 As Col Henry Horton stated, “Leaders treat all human beings with dignity and respect, in all situations”.2 By showing un-wavering commitment to the unit, it’s personnel and the mission, a commander will show his or her genuine intent to lead an effective and productive organization. Col Horton also says, “Leaders regularly communicate both the mission and their vision to keep everyone focused.”3 Without good communication, a commander’s vision, intent and focus for a unit may be misunderstood or completely lost. Finally, accountability is a trait all effective leaders must possess. They must be “held accountable for their actions, and the actions of those personnel under their command”.4 A commander must also take the lead in holding those personnel within their charge
The same thing applies for rewards two soldiers do the same thing an NCO can not give one of them a higher reward. There are three types of duties specified duties which are those related to jobs and positions, directed duties which are not specified as part of a job position or MOS or other directive, and implied duties which often support specified duties. A good leader executes the boss’s decisions with energy and enthusiasm; looking at their leader, soldiers will believe the leader thinks it’s absolutely the best possible solution. As a leader we must ensure that our soldiers clearly understand their responsibilities as members of the team and as representative of the Army. Responsibility is being accountable for what we do or fail to do.
Every one of my shipmates' lives depends on my personal integrity in ensuring that our civil engineer support equipment are squared away. And even when they are ready for any sort of mission, be it a convoy or ftx, they are second-checked to guarantee their ability to run efficiently so us as a part of naval mobile construction battalion eleven can safely complete the mission at hand. I say all of this to illustrate the importance of integrity on our civil engineer support equipment. Every member of
Respect within the army basically means treat others as you (EH) would want to be treated. It is one of the (EH) basic Army Values. It is by far one of the (EH) most important values that we have. It is the one (EH) that keeps everyone acting polite and courteous towards everyone. This (EH) is one of the NCO’s basic responsibilities to make sure (EH) that everyone has respect.
Esprit de corps is a traditional military expression that denotes the Army’s common spirit, a collective ethos of camaraderie and cohesion within the team. Esprit de corps exists at all levels, influencing individual morale, team cohesion, and ethos within the Army Profession. It is reflected in motivation, morale and discipline of the soldiers in a unit. Pride in what they are doing for their families and the American people, as well as just knowing they are doing something good with their lives but living up to the army morals and values. Espirit De Corps in a unit can be based on the experience and history of the unit as well as customs and traditions unique to it.
From day one in the army they start instilling the “Army Values”. In the military everyone is going to be a leader or have to lead at any given moment. They teach us all that we are an “Army of one” because we all have the same desire and fight to achieve the same goal. This leadership style is mainly because of at a time of war your leader might be taken out of the fight at any moment. At that moment You may have to take charge and be the leader.
The seven Army values are Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. All of the Army values aligned very well with my own personal values. I am a loyal worker. It is my duty to provide for my family and I respect everyone whether they deserve it or not. My selfless service is all of the foster children and homeless people that I help.