MSL101L08 Seven Army Values and Warrior Ethos SR.pdf

Americans hold their countrys armed forces to a high

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competent, confident, flexible, and adaptable team; a team imbued with the Warrior Ethos. Americans hold their country's Armed Forces to a high standard and expect their military professionals to reflect American values. They expect you as an Army officer to uphold the Constitution and have a strong respect for the rule of law, human dignity, and individual rights. Soldiers, not machines, fight and win wars. Because of this, every Soldier must reflect the Army's seven core values and live the Warrior Ethos. The effect of the Warrior Ethos is that all Soldiers understand they must be prepared and
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7 confident in their ability to accomplish their assigned tasks, even in the face of enemy resistance, anytime, anywhere on the battlefield. In a non-linear environment where the lines between enemy and friendly forces are blurred, the American Soldier must possess the will to close with the enemy force and destroy it. This is a crucial point: Many other Soldiers depend on what you do. You cannot allow any obstacle or enemy action to prevent you from accomplishing your assigned task. The Warrior Ethos refers to the professional attitudes and beliefs that characterize the American Soldier. It echoes through the precepts of the Code of Conduct and reflects a Soldier's selfless commitment to the nation, mission, unit, and fellow Soldiers. The Warrior Ethos was developed and sustained through discipline, commitment to the Army Values, and pride in the Army's heritage. Lived by Soldiers and supported by dedicated Army civilians, a strong Warrior Ethos is the foundation for the winning spirit that permeates the institution. Warrior Ethos Pyramid Commitment to Serve You can view the Warrior Ethos as a pyramid of concepts, values, tenets, and individual attributes. It begins with your commitment to serve the nation. While your professional calling as a Soldier is to
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8 support and defend the Constitution, your challenge is to learn the profession well enough to accomplish any mission effectively while protecting the force. The Soldiers of the United States Army serve around the world in many different missions and roles. Like you, they are all volunteers. Although there are many reasons each Soldier joins the service, at some level each has the desire to serve our nation. Army Values Your individual effectiveness as part of the Army team comes from within, from your upbringing, your character, and your values. The Army is guided by values. Army Values are the basic building blocks that enable us to see what is right or wrong in any situation. Army Values and the Warrior Ethos are mutually dependent; you can't fully follow one while ignoring the other. The Warrior Ethos concerns character, shaping who you are and what you do. In that sense, it's clearly linked to Army Values such as personal courage, loyalty to comrades, and dedication to duty. Both loyalty and duty involve putting your life on the line, even when there's little chance of survival, for the good of a cause larger than yourself. That's the clearest example of selfless service. American Soldiers never give up on their fellow Soldiers and they never compromise on doing their duty. Integrity
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