Seven Army Values

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About ten years ago, I was broke, unemployed, sleeping on a friends couch and was going nowhere. However, now I have a respectable amount of assets, a career with upward mobility, and a nice home of my own. People that knew me ten years ago see me now and ask, “How did you turn yourself around?” The answer to their question is simple. I joined the Army and became all that I could be. Of course, a majority of my life has yet to be lived, but I know that I owe all of my success today to the time spent in the United States Army. During my time as an enlisted soldier, I learned some of lives most valuable lessons and values. The seven Army values that were instilled into me were loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal …show more content…
For example, during my last visit to the SeaWorld theme park in San Antonio, TX my family and I had arrived a few minutes prior the park opening its gates. Prior to opening the gates, the park played the United States National Anthem, and I was disgusted by what I had observed. Young men were walking around, talking, laughing, joking, chewing gum, and wearing headgear! If you ask someone who has served in the United States military about the proper etiquette whilst the National Anthem is being played I guarantee you that they will inform you of the proper customs and courtesies, which would be close to United States Code Title 36 chapter 10 §171. (USFlag.org: A website dedicated to the Flag of the UnitedStates of America - United States Code) which states that, “all civilians should stand at attention and place their right hand over their heart, those who are wearing headgear should remove said headgear and hold it at their left shoulder with their hand placed over their heart, as for any person in uniform should render the military salute through the anthems entirety.” In my humble opinion, anything short of rendering this minor courtesy to our beloved nation’s flag should be considered grounds for treason. Of course, there were a few young males, who did conduct themselves in the …show more content…
However, it is a documented fact is that the male-female ratio gap has been getting larger since the early nineteen eighties (Forbes). This provides evidence that currently young men are already diverting their attention away from college. In addition to this fact, the Institute of Education Sciences reports that enrollment of students over the age of twenty-five rose forty-two percent from the year 2000 to 2010 (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics). Therefore, as you can see young adult males are already diverting themselves away from college and enrolling after the age of twenty-four. Furthermore, we would most likely see a rise in high school academic scores amongst young me because of the fact that they would study harder in high school in preparation for the military placement exam, so that they could be placed in non-combat military occupations. What we should be more concerned with is the statistic that people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one are the ones most likely to be a victim of a serious violent crime in America

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