The Importance Of Dishonesty In The Army

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There are agreeably many organizational cultures residing in the Army. These are often identified between the different military occupational specialties. However, the biggest distinction in cultures is between conventional Army units and Special Operations units. Conventional Army units adhere to strict policy directed by the Department of the Army. Special Operations unit are also direct to follow the same polices but are known for operating outside the directed lines from the Department of the Army. I transferred into my current Special Operations unit in the middle of 2013 and was faced with a familiar ethical issue that I have handled many times before. However in this instance, the decision did not reside with me, but with my Platoon Sergeant.

A young soldier was at the unit for approximately for months prior to me arriving at the unit. In this time, the soldier displayed several signs of dishonesty, improper usage of his government credit card, and the inability to appear at formation on time and in the proper uniform. The soldier received written counseling’s for each of these actions and would be placed into his personnel file. Once I in-processed into the unit, this soldier was placed in my charge and quickly became acquainted with his written counseling’s.
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There are two loyalties in this scenario, loyalty to the Army or loyalty to the soldier. As an Army leader, I am charged with two basic responsibilities, accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of my soldiers. There is a inherent dilemma with these two responsibilities. What is good for the soldier may not be good for the Army. This soldier repeated lack of character and values are inconsistent with the Army culture and values. In addition, this soldier my degrade mission success. Integrity is an Army value and is essential to moral character as it encourages leaders to be true to themselves and their choices (Christians,

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