Mark A Johnston hosted the seventh Moral Fitness Luncheon on 25 Sept 2013. The Luncheon was held with more than forty Soldiers in attendance and was designed "to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the Army Value of Honor and employ that knowledge". Johnston goes on to explain:
The outcome I hope for is to gain an understanding and application of the Army Values in the lives of soldiers. All soldiers can quote to me what the Army Values are. That is not enough. I hope this program it will provide them the tools they need to apply these values in real world situations and give them the ability to make moral and ethical decisions when these values conflict either with each other or with the beliefs with which the soldier has been raised.
Read the full article: The Army Values: Our Common Denominator
During Fiscal Year 2014, the United States Army will launch the America's Army - Our Profession "STAND STRONG" program so that Army Professionals "Stand Strong" to conduct ourselves and hold each other accountable in a manner consistent with the Army Ethic and worthy of our professional status. This effort will enhance trust throughout the force, promote Honorable Service, strengthen Stewardship of the Army Profession, develop a shared professional identity, inspire ethical conduct, and drive character development of Soldiers and civilians.
The STAND STRONG program works in concert with the CY13 America's Army - Our Profession Education and Training Program. The theme of "Trust" will be used for training during the first half of FY14 with Honorable Service and Stewardship for the second half of FY14.
SMA Raymond Chandler recently spoke to troops during town hall meetings in Afghanistan. SMA Chandler mentioned how often in the past the Army emphasized competency over character and commitment.
"The most dangerous person in our Army today is someone who is highly competent but has little or no character," Chandler said. "Too often we tolerate mediocrity."
Read the full article: Chandler emphasizes character, commitment in talks with troops
CSM Julie Guerra was the victim of sexual assault as a Private First Class. Her unit's leadership set a standard which she now uses to train and educate her leaders on how to handle these cases. She is sharing her story to help fellow Army professionals better understand the needs of sexual assault victims, in order to eradicate this crime that undermines trust and tarnishes our Army Profession.
Watch the video and view the additional materials here: CSM Guerra