Army Values: 7 Values – Army LDRSHIP
Three words that represent a moral anchor for soldiers of any grade. As a soldier in the United States Army it’s not enough to just memorize Army Values. Of course you’re expected to know what the seven values are. But it’s more important to live them every day.
The Army Values are: Loyalty – Duty – Respect – Selfless Service – Honor – Integrity – Personal Courage
Is it any surprise that the acronym for the Army Values spells Leadership (LDRSHIP)? You don’t have to be in charge to demonstrate leadership. Leadership is assumed regardless of the importance of the job being performed.
Let’s take a brief look at the seven Army Values and not only what each one means but what each one should mean to YOU.
The dictionary defines Loyalty as “unwavering support and belief directed towards someone or something. As a soldier you are expected to remain loyal to your unit, fellow soldiers and chain of command. You demonstrate your loyalty every time you put on your uniform and follow an order.
Whether big or small, the act of performing whatever task is assigned to you to the best of your ability speaks volumes of your character and military bearing.
Treat everyone up and down the chain as you expect to be treated. Respect does not only extend to individuals but also to your surroundings and equipment. Just as important is your own self-respect: The knowledge that you have contributed your best on the field and off.
Accolades and recognition are fine but that is not what drives you. The defense of our great country and the pursuit of freedom means that soldiers in today’s Army are serving something bigger than just themselves or the soldier next to them.
Holding the Army’s core values close and living them daily: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do.
Simply put its doing what’s right. Integrity is trusting your instincts to do the right thing morally and legally. Your sense of integrity speaks volumes of who you are and what you believe in.
Personal courage just may be the corner stone of the United States Army.
Physical courage means picking yourself up when you have fallen, it means putting the safety of the soldier next to you ahead of yourself. Personal courage means being stronger than the voice of doubt that often rears itself in dangerous situations.
Army Values. More than just words, they are a code to live by.