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CHARACTER AND BELIEFS 3-30. Beliefs derive from upbringing, culture, religious backgrounds, and traditions. Therefore, diverse religious and philosophical traditions have, and will, continue to shape different moral beliefs. Army leaders serve a nation that protects the fundamental principle that people are free to choose their own beliefs. America’s strength derives, and benefits, from that diversity. Effective leaders are careful not to require their people to violate their beliefs by ordering or encouraging unlawful or unethical actions. 3-31. Beliefs matter because they help people understand their experiences. Those experiences provide a start point for what to do in everyday situations. Beliefs are convictions people hold as true. Values are deep-seated personal beliefs that shape a person’s behavior. Values and beliefs are central to character. 3-32. The Constitution reflects national principles, such as the guarantee of freedom of religion. The Army places a high value on the rights of its Soldiers and Army Civilians to observe their respective faiths while respecting individual differences in moral background and personal conviction. While religious beliefs and practices remain a decision of individual conscience, leaders are responsible for ensuring Soldiers and Army Civilians have the opportunity to practice their faith. Commanders, according to regulatory guidance, approve requests for accommodation of religious practices unless they have an adverse impact on unit readiness, individual readiness, unit cohesion, morale, discipline, safety, and/or health. However, no leader may apply undue influence, coerce, or harass subordinates with reference to matters of religion. Chaplains are personal staff officers with specialized training and responsibilities for ensuring the free exercise of religion and are available to advise and help leaders at every level. CHARACTER AND ETHICS 3-33. Adhering to the principles the Army Values embody is essential to upholding high ethical standards of behavior. Unethical behavior quickly destroys organizational morale and cohesion—it undermines the trust and confidence essential to teamwork and mission accomplishment. Consistently doing the right thing forges strong character in individuals and expands to create a culture of trust throughout the organization. 3-34. Ethics indicate how a person should behave. Values represent the beliefs that a person has. The seven Army Values represent a set of common beliefs that leaders are expected to uphold and reinforce by their actions. The translation from desirable ethics to internal values to actual behavior involves choices. 3-35. Ethical conduct must reflect genuine values and beliefs. Soldiers and Army Civilians adhere to the Army Values because they want to live ethically and profess the values because they know what is right.
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