AN ESSAY BY SPC WINSTON
Integrity…the state of being unimpaired a steadfast adherence to a
Strict or ethical code. The quality of being whole, undivided,
Completeness. This is the book definition but what does it actually mean
And how does it correlate with our everyday life in the military?
The Army defines Integrity as doing what is right,
Mentally, morally, and physically. Doing what is right means
Being able to do things you are told to do without
Having anyone be there to supervise you, to have people trust and
Believe that you will do what you’re told, whether it be from an NCO,
Officer or whomever may be in charge of you at that time.
That’s the reason why they incorporated Integrity within our
Army Values. It makes up so much of what we do as soldiers within our
Everyday missions. In the Field, the Hospital and especially when
Downrange. How is anyone supposed to know if you have their back? If
You’re known for not having any sort of integrity? The person to your
Left and your right needs to have that trust in you to make sure the
Mission Runs smoothly and without incident. It’s all part of being a
*I keep saying lead, train, care - the core values, Warrior Ethos - [the Army] is
Giving it different names, but it has always been there. If you have those [core
Values], you can adapt to anything and transform into anything. But the key to
Getting it done are those core values that have been there since day one and will
Always be there. If we lose, we lose everything.
SMA Richard A. Kidd
Consistency is key you have to stay with it. I know, I know,
Shouldn’t be hard right? But It’s not always going to be easy to do the
Right thing. There’s always going to be a “devil” on your shoulder
Telling you to take the easy way out, to make that bad decision and that
One Time that you jeopardize your integrity; you’re putting yourself into
A Hole that’s going to be hard as hell...