That is exactly what an enlisted believes Duty is, and is the minimum that is expected from every soldier.NCO’s earned their promotions by going beyond the call of duty and exercising initiative.Good enlisted acknowledge when they are wrong, and good NCO’s do their best to help Enlisted accomplish the mission and work through whatever mistakes get made.
Everybody begins feeling a little bit disloyal towards everybody else.
Of course, this can easily be avoided by using good judgment.
An Enlisted may try to earn the loyalty of his fellow enlisted and the respect of his NCO’s, but may make an honest mistake.
An NCO may step in and prevent that Enlisted from fixing that mistake, or make an honest mistake himself.
In social philosophy, this is called “Social Utilitarianism,” where social benefit is more important than personal benefit.
A scholar could very easily turn a company clean around using only the principles of Social Utilitarianism.Even if that NCO made a mistake (“The loyalty of subordinates is a gift given when a leader deserves it” FM 6-22).A single poor decision from either an NCO or an Enlisted can turn this into a cycle of backbiting and finger-pointing.Honor Both the Tradoc website and 7-22.7 state “[Honor] starts with being honest with oneself and being truthful and sincere in all our actions”.An honorable individual does not delude, confuse, or deny himself the truth.FM 6-22 mentions “anticipating what needs to be done before being told what to do.” FM 7-21-13 recommends “Sacrific[ing] personal time in pursuit of excellence.” An interesting thought is that duty is nothing more than some intestinal fortitude combined with the Warrior Ethos.A heavy force of will that keeps us on track and keeps us moving towards whatever mission we are trying to accomplish. Respect From reading the Field Manuals, Respect is the most fundamental building block of trust, and trust is the most important element of cohesive teambuilding.Young enlisted can learn about the Seven Army Values by thinking about specific examples (such as duty or respect).The NCO’s (and up-and-coming NCO’s), on the other hand, must learn how to grow and maintain it through actions and good decisions.Officers, because of their education, and their freedom to think outside the box, have access to civilian leadership techniques.In fact, most college ROTC programs require classes in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Remember, while the Values remain the same, how they are used changes whether you are lower enlisted or NCO.