On February 20, 2010, during CrossFit Training at the H6 gym My NCO was telling me how to properly perform an exercise we call a “Thruster”. He informed me to point my toes straight and to lead with my ass, after my first attempt I could not complete a repetition so I dropped my weight and went on to doing the pull-ups, as I went back to the “Thrusters” “Buck” told me to try a lighter weight so I went to the 65lb bar and I did 5 correct “Thrusters” in which “Buck” Said “You could’ve done more” I responded back to him by saying “I know….I just feel like it today”. My NCO then said “If you’re not going to come and give your all….then why come at all” in which I responded “Shut up”. I was ...view middle of the document...
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. If one doesn’t show respect to someone, that person may often feel slighted and lose respect for the person who slighted them.
Selfless Service is the act of performing a service without expecting any type of personal gain. One does the service for the benefit of other people, and out of the goodness of their heart…..or even out of a sense of loyalty to that person or those people. When things look their best, these are the people that you admire. When things look their worst, these are the people that you pray are by your side.
If the seven army values were like a stairway or a pyramid, then Honor would be at the top step. It takes all seven of the army values and more to have a good sense of honor. Honor can not be obtained without first having a good, strong set of morals and values, and then upholding those morals and values on a day to day basis.
Integrity is like the glue that holds all of these other values together. Integrity is about being honest, and doing what’s right. One cannot be morally loyal to someone with a lack of integrity. Also one who lacks integrity can not be counted upon to perform their duties consistently. Consequentially, one who is moral would not want to be surrounded by people who lack integrity. Respect, although it may be earned through respecting others, can quickly be lost if one is found lacking of integrity. Someone who doesn’t have integrity is usually selfish, and often wants something for nothing in return. Trustworthiness is KEY when one’s Honor comes into question. If you are not trustworthy, then all sense of honor goes out the window, so to speak, and one MUST have integrity if they are to be trusted for long. Because it takes integrity for one to own up to one’s actions then, if one doesn’t have the courage to own up to their own actions, I ask how can they possibly have it in themselves to do anything else which may require personal courage. Finally, if one does not have integrity, then they cannot be trusted and so, become a liability to those around them.
Someone who has personal courage is not someone who is fearless, rather, it is a person who stands up to those fears and faces them head on, or they may put their fears aside. Either way, they overcome their fears and get the job done. It is someone who stands up for what they believe in, who does what is right. This takes two forms of courage, Physical and moral. Physical courage is to overcome a fear of bodily harm, and Moral courage is a willingness to stand firm on what you believe in, regardless of consequences. While most people are more understanding of physical...