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Ethics and Our Values, Beliefs and Norms

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For many of us, life may have dealt us a good hand or a bad hand, but for some, the United States Army was the ticket to a better and more disciplined life. People reach out for structure and order within their lives to either cross hurdles or to accomplish their ambitions in life. My escape was the military. The military established a solid foundation for me and allowed for me to escape a repeating family cycle of early pregnancy and just working to get by. I am proud to wear the United States Army uniform as should all who don their uniforms daily. I am convinced that we are elite because we have rules, boundaries, limitations and ethical values to live up to on a daily basis. Therefore my ethics paper will cover several ethical values that are truest in my heart and not focus on one specific situation or dilemma. The main purpose should always begin with the definition of the subject area in which you are discussing, so what are ethics According to Merriam-Webster collegiate dictionary, ethics are, a discipline dealing with good and evil and with moral duty and also, moral principles or practice pg. 246, Merriam Webster, 2004. I will generally focus on the latter of the two definitions. Ethics are the standards for which an individual should act based on values. The U.S. Army did our service proud by establishing and implementing The 7 Army Values. The beauty of the seven army values is that there is no escaping them. No matter how you perceive a situation to be, or even how bad circumstances may appear, an individual will always apply the seven army values. The seven army values are Leadership, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal courage LDRSHIP. This acronym is embedded in our everyday thought process and is the deterrent when a situation presents itself and it boils down to setting the example and doing the right thing.

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  • Sociology and Law

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