Foolish Thoughts #15G: The US Army Core Values and You - Personal Courage
Updated: Nov 15, 2019
This is the last of a series of postings reflecting on my experiences, using the US Army’s Core Values.
PERSONAL COURAGE under Army values means facing fear, danger or adversity.
Yes, personal courage can mean making the ultimate sacrifice to lay down your life for others. It can also mean to stand up for what is right versus what is wrong, even when it can mean the loss of a job and public humiliation.
Have you ever been:
• pressured to change a staff evaluation?
• pressured to fire an employee, not because of incompetence, but because management does not like the person?
• Told to keep a poor performer, because they have powerful friends?
• Pushed to hire someone because of their race, gender or nationality, as it will make the organization’s diversity numbers look good, as opposed to the quality of their work.
• Encouraged to have a “relationship” in order to get a contract or get ahead.
It is hard, at times, to do what is right and for each of us, the answer/solution will be different. However, at the end of the day, you have to “live with yourself” and keep your self-respect.