Army Values make better Soldiers, Americans

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments


Master Sgt. Cornelious Kenan
U.S. Army-Pacific

Army Core Values form a system of belief and behavior of what is proper conduct for a Soldier of the U.S. Army.

Core values go hand in hand with combat skills.

The values all work together, and no value can be ignored in favor of another. They must be practiced as a part of the way we live as Soldiers.

When I turn on the radio, all I seem to hear are songs about random sex, violence, suicides or drugs. When I turn on the news, I see people wearing little to no clothing, hear about teenagers who have no curfews, and see kids carrying guns and parents assisting their underage children through drinking parties. It makes me concerned.

I am worried about what the future holds for our children and our children’s children … our future Army leaders. Who will take that responsibility to provide purpose, direction and motivation?

As a senior noncommissioned officer, I am charged with instilling the Army Values in our Soldiers daily. From the day Soldiers report to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S.Army-Pacific, they receive an Army Values card from their first-line supervisors. During initial counseling, supervisors must take the time to discuss values.

Many Soldiers know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage (LDRSHIP) mean. But how often do you see someone actually live up to them?

Soldiers learn these values in detail during Basic Combat Training, and from then on, they live them every day in everything they do, whether they’re on the job or off. In short, the seven core Army Values are what being a Soldier is all about.

Remember Army Values L-D-R-S-H-I-P:

•Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers;

•Treat people as they should be treated;

•Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own;

•Live up to all the Army Values; do what’s right, legally and morally;

•Face fear, danger or adversity, both physically and morally; and

•Fulfill your obligations.

“We can’t all do everything,” said Robert E. Hall, former sergeant major of the Army. “We can’t all have every badge, every medal or every award, but that’s okay. As long as you do what you’re supposed to do and you do it well, you’re going to be okay.

“If Soldiers do the right thing every day, because it is the right thing to do — treat other Soldiers with dignity and respect, and follow the golden rule — they will succeed as Soldiers and the Army will succeed as a whole,” he said.

Americans have trust in you because you trust each other. No matter how difficult times are, those of us who love the Army must stick with it.

As leaders, we are tasked with ensuring that our Soldiers live up to all of the Army Core Values.

(Editor’s note: Kenan is the operations noncommissioned officer in charge, HHB, USARPAC.)



To become a better leader, refer to these resources:

•ADP 6-22 Army Leadership;

•ADP 7-0 Training Units and Developing Leaders;

•FM 7-21.13, Chapter 1, The

Individual Soldier’s Role in the Army;

•FM 22-101, Leadership

Counseling; and

•FM 7-21.13, The Soldier’s Guide.


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