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Leaders embrace the responsibilities to lead others

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Leaders embrace the responsibilities to lead others to achieve mission and organizational outcomes. They do so while taking care of Soldiers and Army Civilians and ensuring they prepare to assume greater leadership responsibilities. Through education, training and experience leaders develop into competent and disciplined professionals of the Army. 1-9. The Army and its leadership requirements are based on the nation’s democratic foundations, defined values, and standards of excellence. The Army recognizes the importance of preserving the time-proven standards of competence that distinguished leaders throughout history. Leadership doctrine acknowledges that societal change, evolving security threats, and technological advances require adaptability. 1-10. Although America’s history and cultural traditions derive from many parts of the world, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution establish common values, goals, and beliefs. These documents explain the purpose of our nationhood and detail inherent rights and responsibilities. Every Soldier and leader should be familiar with these documents. 1-11. On 4 July 1776, the Declaration of Independence formally stated America’s separation from British rule and asserted its right as an equal participant in dealings with other sovereign nations. In 1787, the Constitution of the United States formally established the functions of our government. It clearly explains the functions and the checks and balances between the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. The Constitution sets the parameters for the creation of our national defense establishment, including the basis for the formation, funding, and command of the Army.
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Fundamentals of Leadership 1 August 2012 ADRP 6-22 1-3 CIVILIAN-MILITARY LINKAGE 1-12. The Constitution grants Congress the power to raise and support armies. Subsequently, the armed forces have the task of defending the United States and its territories. A special status in law marks membership in the Army and the other Services. Distinctive uniforms and insignia reflect that status. To function effectively, the Army and other Services organize into hierarchies of authority. The Army’s hierarchy begins with the President of the United States, the civilian leadership comprised of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Army, and then extends to the individual Soldier. 1-13. To formalize ties to the nation and to affirm subordination to its laws, members of the Army— Soldiers and Army Civilians—swear or affirm an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Soldiers simultaneously acknowledge the authority of the President as Commander in Chief and officers as the President’s agents. The purpose of the oath is to affirm military subordination to civilian authority. The Army Values link tightly with the oaths.
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