Live Up to All the Army Values
Live the Army values every day, and do the things that General Dennis Reimer talks about when he says, “Do what’s right- legally and morally- every day, create an environment where soldiers can be all they can be; treat others as you’d want to be treated.” If you take those three pieces of guidance, and you couple it with Army values and you train hard and you maintain standards, I don’t know how you can go wrong.
One of the questions soldiers ask is, “Do you care about me?” And caring is about maintaining high standards, it’s taking care of soldiers, it’s doing all the right things. And it’s also focusing down the chain of command toward the soldiers, not up the chain of command toward your next promotion or your next assignment. It’s not thinking about “me.”
SMA Robert E. Hall
An African proverb states: “If you don’t know who you are, anyone can name you. And, if anyone can name you, you’ll answer to anything.” I believe these words are applicable to General Dennis Reimer’s message about the importance of NCOs to the Army. If you do not know who you are, how can you know your soldiers? If you do not know your soldiers- which includes your NCOs- how can you perform the mission properly? In my opinion, you cannot and you will not, or you will be unsuccessful because you will answer to what you think should be said or done and not to what is right. We must show soldiers what “right looks like.” Remember- managers do things right, and leaders do the right thing.
SMA Gene C. McKinney
We build character in order for us to withstand the rigors of combat and resist the temptations to compromise our principles in peacetime. We must build character in peacetime because there is no time in war. Character is the most important quality you can find in any person, but especially in a soldier. It is the foundation that will get anybody through anything he may encounter. Reputation is what people think you are; character is what you are- that is the staying power.
SMA Glen E. Morrell
A code of ethics cannot be developed overnight by edict or official pronouncement. It is developed by years of practice and performance of duty according to high ethical standards. It must be self-policing. Without such a code, a professional soldier or a group soon loses identity and effectiveness. Once we know our job, have a genuine code of ethics, and maintain unquestioned personal integrity, we have met the first and most demanding challenge of leadership.
SMA Silas L. Copeland