The US Army Values – Something to Consider?

July 2, 2012

Good morning – still hot and dry here in southwest Michigan. Not nearly as tough as in other parts of the country, but a tad warm for here.

We are about to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence for our nation. An incredible achievement in the history of mankind. In reflecting on some of our challenges now and thinking about those who paid a great price to provide us our political freedom, I am struck by the character of the Founders. Certainly they were flawed as we all are, but yet they had character. They had core values by which they truly lived their lives, again imperfectly. So, I thought about a post I had done last year on the Army Values and it came to me about how important those values are to the soldiers of the US Army. Maybe if more of us adopted some or all of those values and really lived them out, maybe we would make a difference? Well – here is the post and I hope it means something to you. – BG

Good morning! The question for you this morning is what do you believe?  What do you stand for?

Do you know what it is that is truly important to you?  Have you decided on the areas where you will not compromise?  Do you know what you stand for?  Can you articulate your personal core values?

An organization I greatly respect is the US Army.  Many of their core values I have adopted (especially as I was a part of the Army for many years!).  Read the following values and see what they spark within you.

Loyalty – Bearing true faith and allegiance is a matter of believing in and devoting yourself to something or someone. 

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 before your own.

Honor – Live up to Army values.

Integrity – Do what is right, legally and morally.

Personal Courage – Face fear, danger or adversity.

A good list to contemplate.  Click here to read the full definition or explanation of the Army’s core values as I only listed a summary sentence for each above.

So, what are the things that you hold to be core to your life?  What are the things on which you will stand and not waver?

Click here to see Life Action’s core values (we call them the Cutting Edge Commitments). You will need to scroll down the page some.

Hope you have a great week.
BG