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In the Army Civilian White Paper (2012), the authors noted that all Army leaders must be the living embodiment of the Army Ethic. The Army Ethic enables Trust externally with the American people and internally within the ranks. They affirmed that Army Civilians, “…share the same Army Values, profess and embody the same Army Ethic, and maintain the same mission-focus.” 35 Thus, all Army education for Soldiers and Army Civilians requires an articulated Army Ethic in order to support a holistic concept and strategy for Character Development.
“Reputation is what people think you are; Character is what you are.
Properly expressed, the Army Ethic explains Character and how this quality is reflected in decisions and actions. The ethic informs the identity of Army Professionals (Soldiers and Army Civilians) in providing loyal and Honorable Service to the Nation. It explains why ethical conduct is the standard, why unethical practices are not tolerated, and provides motivation for upholding Army Values. The ethic also explains what is expected in ethical conduct of the mission, in the performance of Duty and in all aspects of life. Thus, it inspires Army Professionals’ dedication to continuous development in Character, Competence, and Commitment.
To accomplish this mission we make two fundamental assumptions. First, the Army Ethic does exist, but must be concisely and clearly expressed so that it is accessible, commonly understood, and applicable throughout the profession. This assumption is warranted based upon the extensive literature discussing the ethic and its framework as expressed in ADRP1. Second, upon taking their Oath members of the Army Profession voluntarily relinquish some of their rights as American citizens. This includes the right to make decisions or take actions that conflict with the Army Ethic.
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