Soldiers in training receive Army Value introduction Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014
By 1st Lt. Jacob Higgins
Special to GUIDON

Their artifacts, espoused values and underlying assumptions characterize cultures.  

There is no short supply of these in the Army culture.  The United States Army has seven specific pillars that create the foundation of our culture.  Each pillar represents one of the Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.  

Recently the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment paid homage to this culture and the memory of Soldiers past by learning about the values that make our culture unique. Their new knowledge of the Army Values came with the realization that the Army was not just a job but a way of life.  

Through the use of an online guided training program known as “True Faith and Allegiance” Soldiers in training experience situations that challenge their knowledge of the Army Values and their understanding of what it means to be a Soldier. Like them, the Soldiers in the vignette were going through basic training and faced many hard decisions. As the scenarios played out the trainees got to choose how the Soldiers within the program responded when they were presented with a moral dilemma.  The Soldiers in training decisions impacted the characters’ path through the rest of the scenario.  

“It was really fun getting to choose what the Soldier would do and seeing what happened next,” said Pvt. Brittany Watson, Company A, Soldier in training.  

The Soldiers in training learned that success could only be gained through the embodiment of the Army Values. Whether they fully understand all of the values yet, they know beyond the shadow of a doubt that by breaking even just one pillar the foundation of their unit will crumble.  

“When we choose a bad option we saw how it hurt his friends and platoon,” said Pvt. Nathan Hayes, Company A, Soldier in training. “But as a group we were able to talk it out and decide on the right choice.”

Throughout every career in the Army Soldiers will face many trials and tribulations that will test their character. Soldiers in training examining each Army Value and incorporating those values into their lives now better arm them armed to fight the moral corruption they will no doubt encounter.  Pvt. William Poynter, Company A, Soldier in training, now knows that wherever there is doubt he can turn to the Army Values to put him back on the correct path.   

“I feel like the Army Values are my moral compass,” Poynter said. “They are always pointing me in the right  direction.”

 As the Soldiers in training leave Fort Leonard Wood and eventually the Army they will take with them the values that now form the foundation of their behavior. Among the instructors was Sgt. 1st Class Donald Rutherford, drill  sergeant.  

“The Army Values aren’t just something we teach the Soldiers in training, they are not just a block we check, they are the core of the Army culture,” Rutherford said. “We expect every Soldiers in training to become the  personification of the Army values.”   

Through constant exposure and the example of leaders like Drill Sergeant Rutherford, the Soldiers in training can forge a moral path for themselves abiding by their new rallying points: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.  

(Editor’s note: Higgins in the executive officer for Company A, 1st  Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 July 2014 )