The 7 Army Values and Malingering Essay

1460 Words Aug 13th, 2008 6 Pages
The seven Army values are the backbone of the United States Army. They are broken down to us in the acronym ‘LDRSHIP’. 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.” and Personal Courage “Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral).”

These seven Army values are taught to Soldiers in basic training and are reinforced through out a Soldier’s military career. They are expected to be followed in a peace time,
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Espirit de corps is established in a garrison environment by performing duties that encourage unit cohesion. Some units prefer to do this with physical training, doing things such as “company runs” and “fun runs”, others prefer to do it with “mandatory fun time”, in which they force all members of the unit to be in the same place at the same time for a set amount of time, but the place is designated outside of the company area as to pretend the time really could be fun, if it were not mandatory. Units who prefer to force unit cohesion usually have the least productive results. Loyalty is something all Soldiers have for each other, but forcing loyalty creates resentment. In theater, some units go as far as to ask their Soldiers not to associate as frequently and not ask the advice of units other than their own. This is seen as being disloyal. Like any relationship with a “parent”, or entity functioning in the capacity of “parent”, creating a sole dependency forces the subordinate party to feel helpless and isolated, and loyalty is only maintained through a watered-down version of the Stockholm Effect. When Army units use this kind of “unit cohesion” to force loyalty, they are in all actuality creating the very opposite effect, and creating a Soldier who feels his or her unit does not actually care for their well-being as much as their unit cares how they look to other units.

Duty is the second Army value. Duty is acting in the absence of orders or

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