MSL101L07 Profession of Arms SR.pdf

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service spanning World War II, Korea, the Cold War, and Vietnam, stated it well: “While we are guarding the country, we must accept being the guardian of the finest ethics; the country needs it and we must do it.” ESPRIT DE CORPS 2-20. Fighting and winning requires professionals imbued with respect for our history and tradition and committed to the highest standards of individual and collective excellence. This respect and commitment is what we mean by esprit de corps. Professionals foster and sustain esprit de corps throughout the Army profession. Professionals exude purpose, demonstrate strong bonds of loyalty and pride, and place the mission above their own welfare. This makes us an Army family, one that takes care of its own and never leaves a fellow comrade or their family behind. T RADITIONS AND H ISTORY 2-21. Our esprit de corps is rooted in tradition and history. Very few American institutions have a history as rich or long as ours. We emphasize this through the practice of customs, traditions, and ceremonies. Units and organizations preserve their unit histories and display them in unit distinctive insignia (such as unit crests, patches, and mottos). These practices and symbols give us a sense of commitment, identify the cause we serve, and unite us to those who have gone before and sacrificed so much. D ISCIPLINE AND P RIDE 2-22. Discipline and pride are the hallmark of units with high esprit de corps. Discipline is behavior tempered by high standards of conduct and performance. Discipline reflects the self-control necessary in the face of temptation, obstacles, and adversity, and the fear
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Chapter 2 2-8 ADP 1 17 September 2012 to do the harder right instead of the easier wrong. Pride stems from an internalized recognition that obstacles, adversity, and fear can be mastered through discipline and teamwork. Discipline and pride go together with judgment, expertise, and experience to create military and civilian professionals. Figure 2-4. Esprit de corps reflected in our customs and ceremonies E SPRIT AT A LL L EVELS 2-23. Esprit de corps applies at all levels from the individual to the Army overall. Individual esprit shows in high motivation, discipline, and morale. Soldiers with esprit de corps have pride, a sense of accomplishment in doing a good job or seeing a subordinate develop, and shared values. A small-unit or team’s esprit de corps is reflected through mission focus, technical and tactical proficiency, teamwork, and ultimately cohesion on the battlefield. At the large-unit or organizational level, esprit de corps reflects the shared commitment Army professionals have for the organization—its mission and goals, its traditions and customs, and its heritage of honorable service. It reflects the pride of being a “Marne Soldier” or a “Screaming Eagle.” Unit and organizational esprit de corps is built on an open command climate of candor, trust, and respect, with leaders who exhibit concern for the welfare of subordinates and set the example for expertise and honorable service.
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