Adolfo Cisnero, Jr.
The Army has developed something called "The Army Values". They have turned it into a mighty campaign throughout the whole Army. An additional week of basic training now covers these values. All soldiers now wear a plastic tag along with their dog tags that has these values on it. Also, we all carry a little card in our wallets with the values as well as the "Soldier's Code"
I. I am an American soldier - a protector of the greatest nation on earth - sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
II. I will treat others with dignity and respect and expect others to do the same.
III. I will honor my Country, the Army, my unit and my fellow soldiers by living the Army values.
IV. No matter what situation I am in, I will never do anything for pleasure, profit, or personal safety which will disgrace my uniform, my unit, or my Country.
V. Lastly, I am proud of my Country and its flag. I want to look back and say that I am proud to have served my Country as a soldier.
For the sake of anyone reading who hasn't already had the Army Values ingrained in memory they are as follows: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. An easy way to remember them is with the acronym LDRSHIP (Leadership).
I like these values, A LOT. In fact, I like to think that these are the values that I have lived by for most of my life. As a Christian these values are ones that I believe are at the very core of what Jesus taught. However, seeing these values inspired me to rewrite the values to more accurately reflect my faith and the mission that I perform as a Chaplain's Assistant in the U.S. Army. These can be easily remembered with the acronym LRDSHIP (Lordship).
Love: The very heart of the teachings of Christ. Jesus said, "Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.
Righteousness: Being morally upright and blameless among your peers.
Devotion: Loyalty to God and a commitment to live the way that he would want you to live.
Sacrifice: Giving of yourself until it hurts. Being willing to serve God and others even if it causes you to suffer great loss.
Holiness: The act of living a life free from Sin (this is hard, it can only be accomplished through the power of God's Holy Spirit.)
Integrity: I liked this value so much that I kept it. Doing what is right, no matter what.
Personal Courage: I liked this one too, many people have died for their beliefs. A person must be willing to stand up for what they know to be right and true at all costs. This requires great courage both Physical and Moral.
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