Standards and Discipline Theme Video

(dramatic music) – [Narrator] We are America’s Army. This is our profession. A profession built on a bedrock of trust that comes from the discipline practice to meet standards of excellence. – Adherence to standards is fundamental to who we are as American soldiers. – Army civilians are an
absolute integral part of the Army team and therefore,
standards and discipline are just as important to
civilians as to soldiers. – Consistent adherence to standards builds trust among ourselves and it is imperative to reinforcing the trust
of the American public in the United States Army. – So leading by example
is a tough business and that’s definitely the foundation that it has to be,
standards and discipline. You have to know what’s right and you have to have the discipline to do what’s right when
no one is looking at you. – [Narrator] It is our
duty to do what is right despite risk, uncertainty, and fear. Properly established
and practiced discipline with adherence to standards
enables us to achieve this goal. – There is no discipline
without adversity. If you’re just able to do something without any roadblocks or
any trouble whatsoever, it doesn’t take discipline. You just kinda do it,
but to have discipline and be able to perform things,
while you have challenges, that is the importance of discipline, that is the key to being trusted. – That discipline is
molded by the very trust we were talking about, to
trust that the individual on your left or right isn’t gonna break in the face of the enemy or adversity, or a natural disaster. You know the standard. The discipline enforces
the standards and ensures that ultimately with the assistance of those guiding principles,
the job gets done. – You have to pick the hard
right or the easy wrong, so in great adversity, you have to choose the hard right because the easy wrong may lead you down a path that
gets the job done quicker, but the second and third order effects of that decision may
lead to a poor outcome or a mission failure at the end. – [Narrator] Standards
are more than just formal, detailed instructions
and codes of conduct. They are the benchmarks we use to measure performance, the milestones of excellence we strive for. Standards are who we are at out best and they are measurable,
achievable, and observable. – You know, people in an organization have to agree upon one thing and that’s how that
organization will conduct itself and those are called standards. Every soldier should
understand and fully comply with the standards, because without that, we can’t call ourselves a profession. We don’t have a path to follow. Standards are critical for
every soldier being able to understand their job and
accomplish their mission in their realm of responsibility and do it morally and ethically correct. – For example, when I go out to the range, I have my left limit and
I have my right limit. I can function everywhere between them, but I have to know my where my
left and my right limit are. That’s a standard. Hey, you know what? You can shoot all in here, all you want. You just can’t shoot beyond this one, and beyond this one,
because without standards, guess what? If shoot out here, somebody may get hurt. – [Narrator] Military discipline begins with self-discipline and
respect for proper authority. Discipline is behavior, it is not just punishment for wrong-doing. It is about doing what is right, even when no one is looking. It is how we perform our duty. – Discipline is doing
what is expected of you in the absence of others. – If no one’s around to see
you’re doing the right thing, having discipline personally means just the intestinal fortitude
to do what is right, making a hard right decision
over the easy wrong. – You always have to make
the hard right decisions, so that when you’re in
battle and soldiers’ lives are depending on it, literally, you will those hard right decisions. – You know, for a unit
to prepare for combat and to succeed in combat, it has to have a high level of discipline. Disciplined units, disciplined soldiers can be trusted that they’re gonna exercise not only initiative, but they’re
gonna do with discipline. – [Narrator] Standards and discipline is about leadership, empowerment,
and good decision-making. We are stewards of the profession. Our property, our people, and our ethic and always accountable to each other and the American people for
our decisions and actions. We diligently train,
teach, coach, counsel, and mentor to ensure our Army is well-led and well-prepared. – When our young soldiers get off the bus at those basic training
centers we have in the Army, it’s important that we integrate them in the standards of this institution. – New soldiers and new members of team, they learn standards
through our codified rules and regulations and they should learn it from mentors and other
soldiers and civilians who are standard-bearers
within the organizations. – Part of being a leader
is to be a mentor. You have to be that role model, so for that, you have to live your life by the Army standards,
because that’s how soldiers are gonna learn what the standard is. – When I was a kid, we were actually walking through Fort Eustis. My dad was a Sergeant Major at the time and he was correcting people
as we walked down the street. I just looked at him, I
said, “Why do you do that?” And he said to me, “A standard passed over “is a new standard set.” – And so standards and discipline doesn’t only apply to on-duty behavior, it also applies when you’re off-duty and really when you’re off-duty, that is the prime time
that you’re interacting with the American people. – [Narrator] Winning in a complex world requires Army professionals
who are committed to the highest standards of individual and collective excellence. Regardless of their component or cohort, leaders set the example
and develop climates that inspire the discipline
practice of our profession. – Everybody in the
Army, if you’re name tag says US Army, you’re expected to uphold the same standards and
have the same discipline. I can pick and pull any soldier from, regardless of what component they are, and there’s gonna be an expectation that they know how to do it as well as every other soldier knows how to do it. – This is one team, and
that team has to live by a set of values and
we’re governed differently in each of the components
of this organization, but a representative of
the United States Army, whether you’re a civilian, a soldier, and even a family, in most cases as a representation of this organization, we call the United States Army. – We serve the people
of the United States. We live the Army values. Modeling that behavior, day in and day out is fundamental to how we bring value 24/7 not only to the Army, but to
the United States of America. – For the Army, the stakes
are just so incredibly high. The very lives of our soldiers and even potentially
the freedom and safety of our country and the American people, depend on this, depends on an effective, highly trained Army and you can’t have a combat-ready army without
standards and discipline. – [Narrator] We share an
identity as trusted Army professionals with character,
competence, and commitment. We perform our duty with discipline, striving for excellence. We uphold the Army ethic and standards of the profession. We are America’s Army. This is our profession. (dramatic music)

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