Essay about Customs and courtesies

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Customs and Courtesies

As soldiers we are taught to live the seven Army values defining the basics of what a soldier is all about. One of those being respect. Relying on the golden rule, “How we consider others reflects upon each of us, both personally and as a professional organization.” I believe this is an extremely important value to live by each and every day. As a soldier I pledged to treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same. Respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in others. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty. And self-respect is an important ingredient with the Army value of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best
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Military courtesies are often very similar to the civilities found in the civilian world as well as daily life. The only difference is that it is mandatory for the courtesies seen in the military to be adhered to and followed by its soldiers.
If these courtesies are not followed, the offending soldier can, and almost always will, be punished. This punishment can come in the form of smoking, essays, extra duty and can go as far as court martial, jail time, or being discharged from the military. In the military, manners and levels of respect help to identify the difference between junior to senior ranking members.
Courtesies and customs of the Army have been practiced for hundreds of years. They involve a code of conduct that is mandatory for every member of the army to follow. Some are obviously against the rules of professionalism such as public display of affection in uniform, being drunk in uniform and showing violent behavior are actions that are punishable in the military code of conduct.
The seven core army values are broken up into Loyalty,Duty, Respect, Selfless Services, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The first of these is loyalty. Loyalty to me is keeping your word or backing up or trusting a friend even when others do not. I think trust is a big part of loyalty. You can't expect someone to be loyal to you if they cannot trust you. In the army aspect I believe it is relatively the same but in

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