MSL101L07 Profession of Arms SR.pdf

Supremacy over the military is something that spans

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supremacy over the military is something that spans and remains the same through all changes in doctrine, all changes in how warfare is fought. It is a constant. It is part of our sacred duty as members of the United States Army.” General (R) Pete Chiarelli 32 nd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
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28 will, subordinating their own will and some of their rights as citizens to the true faith and allegiance they willingly bear to the Constitution. Members of the armed services yield some portions of their rights to include freedom of speech as servants of the state; at the same time, owing to their moral obligation to speak truth and bear true witness to all their fellow citizens. Army Professionals, and particularly its leaders, must always exercise disciplined candor and avoid political alignments when advising the leaders that they serve under, both political and military. This bedrock of the moral and historic aspects of subordinate military service points to the next foundation. The third foundation: the trust that the Nation places in the Army The Army has been granted a trust relationship with the American people that must not be broken: the Army will defend the Constitution and the people of the Nation; the people and their leaders will provide the needed support for the Army to fulfill its calling. The relationship is one of trust: people and leaders demand by necessity that the Army must be a profession of reverent national service and servanthood; we are entrusted with the Nation’s citizens and the Nation’s survival. We are not just another bureaucracy of the government; we are a Profession stewarding within our Profession the Constitutional ideals that set our Nation apart. “Civilian control of the military is embedded in our Constitution and serves as the cornerstone of our military. Military professionals understand this and appreciate the critical role this concept has played throughout our history. Equally important, this concept requires that military professionals understand the role of our civilian leaders and their responsibilities to the civilian leadership.” ADP 1 2-26 CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS
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29 THE ARMY PROFESSION OATHS, CREEDS, AND NORMS OF CONDUCT “Those core values are the bedrock of leaders in the United States Army. That’s where we go back to. Those are our touchstone. So that when we have to take action in the absence of guidance, if we bounce whatever it is we might do against those core values, I don’t think any of us will come up with an incorrect option or action when we find ourselves in those situations.”
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ARMY OATH OF ENLISTMENT “I, , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960).
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