An update on the American soldier.
– The Army provides high caliber young people great opportunities, not a last chance.
– Today’s Army is not the army of the Vietnam era or even the army of the first Gulf War. Today’s Army has the highest entry standards ever, and aspiring young people must compete to enter our ranks.
– What hasn’t changed is that the Army is still a great path to the future for many Americans. With education benefits and world-class training, today’s young Soldier improves his or her quality of life with every experience.
– Not only does a young person earn a very competitive salary with benefits such as health, education, and housing, a Soldier also derives the intangible benefits of increasing responsibility on the job, leadership development, and working as part of a team.
– While waivers are still granted to enter the Army, they no longer give them for major misconduct or for drug or alcohol misuse, which have proven to be counter to good order and discipline.
– The Army focuses on life-long learning and achieving goals; education achievement is possible even in deployment.
– The Army instills in every Soldier the requirement to live by the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. The Warrior Ethos has become the heart and soul of what we expect from our Soldiers, and forms the core of Soldier behavior in deployment, in the garrison, on duty and off:
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.