In the US army we are taught to live by the 7-army values. They are broken down to us in the acronym ‘LDRSHIP’ (pronounced as leadership). Loyalty “Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. constitution, the Army, and other soldiers.” Duty “Fulfill your obligations.” Respect “Treat people as they should be treated.” Selfless Service “Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates above your own.” Honor “Live up to the army values.” Integrity “Do what’s right legally and morally.” Personal Courage “Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral).” We are all drilled on these 7 army values from day one of basic training. First we commit them to memory. Then we learn to live by them.
All 7 values have an impact on each other, and are an integral part of ones moral standing. These 7 “Army Values” however reach far beyond the military. Too many people fail to realize the importance these values have be on the way that so these could be perceived by surroinding around them.
Take Loyalty for example. In my personal opinion, Loyalty means being a person that other’s can count on. That when the time comes, you will be there to do what needs to be done. You will be true and faithful to them no matter the outcome. If the loyalty is not observed by both parties involved however, then that sense of loyalty may eventually change or even fade.
Duty to me is accomplishing a task that needs to be done, no matter how much you’d rather be doing something else whether you love it or hate it. The task is there to be done. If one does not fulfill their duties on a regular basis then those around them have to pick up the slack and any sense of loyalty begins to become tarnished. Everyone wants to be respected. It’s in our nature, but in order to obtain respect, first of all….one has to respect oneself. Second, one has to show respect to others in order to gain respect from them. Selfless service...