Growing up from a military background (dad, brother, aunt, and uncle), my parents taught me the importance of being a responsible person since I was a child. They instilled guidance, responsibilities, keeping commitment, and being a leader not a follower at an early age. With these values it carried me through elementary school, middle school and high school. I received good grades, was on the swimming team, during 2010 – 2010. I encouraged teammates to keep trying when they didn’t do well in competition. I did this to keep the team motivated. I had to show leadership, the volleyball team, which I had to be a team player & cheerleading which I had to demonstrate teamwork. I demonstrated leadership at an early age by working as a volunteer student with the Park Rangers on nature and outdoors projects throughout Prince Georges’ County Maryland. I assisted Rangers in tree plantings, stream cleanups, trail enhancements, wetland preservations and nesting box construction.
For doing a great job I was offered to the opportunity to go sailing in Baltimore, MD. I also demonstrated leadership when I volunteered at the American Historical Association by directing all the correspondence to staff members. I answered all calls referring the calls to appropriate staff members. I typed a variety of materials on the computer such as letters & labels. In addition, I was giving tasks and made sure I was done when I had a deadline date for completion. Volunteering for the above tasks provided me with the skills I had to get a paying job when I was in high school and during the summer months. I worked while going to school maintaining my grades at good standard. One place I worked at was Party City as a stock clerk. I demonstrated great work ethics. Stocking was a big responsibility since this was a new store.
I exhibited good work ethics while working as a clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency during the summer months which included answering the phones, labeling the computer equipment, tagging with an ID bar code, tracking PC equipment, and recycling or disposing of outdated equipment no longer needed by the Agency. I had also worked at Walgreens. I started out as a stock clerk and work my way up to a cashier. My managers gave me raises, and praised my work ethics and said I was always welcome to return if I ever needed a part time job because I was a great worker I was ALWAYS was on time, never missed a day off work, and trained the new employees very well. (2)
Why I Decided to Join the Military
I wasn’t quite ready to go to college. I wanted to do more. My mom had prepared me for college, and was ready for me to move to campus and go to school for nursing. After being raised by my mom, and seeing her work hard, and I just lost my step dad a year ago I wanted to save my mom money for paying for my school and show my independence. I always wanted to do the path my dad & brother did by joining the military. My dad was in the Marines and my brother was in the Navy. I wanted to be independent, further my education and travel. Education, I knew the military had some great programs at the time. My goal is to go to school for nursing. I knew I will get medical coverage, and I wanted to give back to my country. So when I joined, I wanted to be in the medical field. I worked very hard to get into the military by prepping for the test, taking classes so I could qualify for the field. Waiting for a medical position to appear was scary and took awhile.
It took almost six month for something to show up. My mom encouraged me to stay focus and stay with what I qualified for. I am glad I did. My experience in Boot Camp was difficult but it was great too. I actually enjoyed it. It taught me leadership skills, teamwork & independence and confidence. Physical training, and marching was an experience. The overall great experience was at the end of the big ruck march knowing that you have made it through and complete all the training and passing everything and then just seeing your family members at graduation. Now I was ready to go to AIT for more training. Going to school was not easy but very difficult. It taught me to be discipline with my work assigned to me in class and out of class. This required me to studying that I never had to do in my pass schools, and trying to pass all of my tests. I was determined not to fail. I had to do things to animals I never done before or even thought about doing.
However, I wanted to be an Animal Care Specialist so I knew I had to do and see things that were uncomfortable at first. I knew I was learning a lot at once which was very stressful, but the outcome was greater than anything I wanted to do before. All of this training taught me leadership, and teamwork with the other students. Also, encouraging one another to study and just keep trying to accomplish the training. It was overwhelming at time, which may put tears in your eyes; however, it was worth the hard work. Going to Animal Care School taught me how to overcome stressful situations and for me that’s an accomplishment because I had never had that type of experience.
Government-owned patrol dogs, ceremonial horses, sled dogs, etc. all need quality care in order to keep working as hard as they do in the Army. As a member of the Army veterinary team, I as a Animal Care Specialist am suppose to provide care, management, treatment and sanitary conditions for military animals under the supervision of a Veterinary Corps officer such as; patient care techniques, emergency (3) medical techniques, methods of sterilizing surgical equipment and plaster-casting techniques. With all this training and preparation made me ready to perform my duties as an Animal Care Specialist today. I am ready to take on the responsibilities, leadership and be a team player to perform my duties to make the U.S. Army honored to have me.
What It Means To Be A Soldier
A Soldier is, of course, one of the three qualities upon which we build our ethic of duties, which is to serve and defend others, taking responsibilities for actions that others dare not do. To serve and defend others indicates two things: that a Soldier has an obligation to “others” and also that this society needs to be defended. In other words, a threat to the society is the cause that is necessary to activate a Soldier’s duty. Taking responsibility for actions that others dare not do” we refer to the Soldier’s function of performing the natural act of self-defense on behalf of the society the Soldier protect. In a world full of threats, self-defense can frequently involve meeting violence with violence. In an effort to relieve society of the necessity of conducting violence in their own self-defense, the Soldier assumes this obligation. Responsibility is being accountable for what you do or fail to do.
We are responsible to fulfill not only our individual duties, but also to ensure our teams and units are successful. Any duty, because of the position you hold in the unit, includes a responsibility to execute that duty. As a Private you are accountable for your personal conduct and that of your soldiers. Also, each soldier is individually responsible for his own personal conduct and that responsibility cannot be delegated. A soldier is accountable for his actions to fellow soldiers, leaders, unit and the US Army.
A Soldier must ensure that your battle buddies clearly understand their responsibilities as members of the team and as representative of the Army. Commanders set overall policies and standards, but all leaders must provide the guidance, resources, assistance and supervision necessary for soldiers to perform their duties. Mission accomplishment demands that officers and Privates to work together to advise assist and learn from each other. Responsibilities fall into two categories: command and individual.an (4)
Soldiers have a responsibility to defend the U.S. Constitution and the nation’s residents. However, they also are expected to be loyal to their fellow soldiers, their units and the Army as a whole. Soldiers obey the orders of their superiors and do not attempt to undermine their leaders. They defend other soldiers who need their help, whether it is in the barracks or on the battlefield.
Soldiers fulfill their obligations in the best manner possible. They contribute to the efforts of a team, meet their personal assignments and make every attempt to fulfill every mission assigned. If they are in charge of lower-ranking soldiers, they have the duty to provide the leadership their subordinates need to advance in the military or fulfill an assignment.
Soldiers pledge to treat other people with respect. Showing respect is not limited to fellow soldiers. When on foreign soil, soldiers respect the citizens, their customs and their religious mores. Soldiers show respect for their officers by obeying orders and showing loyalty to their commanders. Soldiers demonstrate respect for the Army by wearing their uniforms properly, maintaining a high standard of personal grooming and conducting themselves in a socially acceptable manner.
Although the ability to face a combat situation is part of personal courage, it is not all of it. Personal courage involves doing the right thing in all situations. It may mean defending someone weaker or refusing to be a party to a dishonorable act. At times, soldiers must take stands that do not win them a popularity contest among their peers. Regardless, soldiers are responsible for developing and maintaining their moral and physical courage.
The mission comes first. This means that the needs of the country, the unit and subordinates outweigh the personal needs of the individual soldier. Soldiers fulfill their missions without expecting rewards or personal recognition. Each member of the team should contribute maximum effort to ensure the success of the mission.
Integrity is doing what is morally and ethically right, not just what is legal. Soldiers behave with integrity when they do not deceive others. They do not take the easy (5) way out, even if their actions may cause them discomfort. They do not tolerate acts of racism, sexual discrimination or abuse.
It is not by chance that the highest award given to U.S. military personnel is named the Medal of Honor. Honor encompasses all of the other six core values to one extent or another. It includes showing loyalty, integrity, personal courage and respect. It is serving selflessly, fulfilling duties and treating others respectfully. It is refusing to settle for dishonorable shortcuts.
Security in a Workplace
It is important to have security in a workplace so as to prevent the crimes that may occur and to prevent intellectual property theft and identity fraud that may occur in the workplace. But in order to maintain a safe and secure workplace, we all need to become involved. The risks involved in workplace security are high. Nationwide, crimes against businesses are increasing. Companies have to be concerned about theft of equipment, inventory, computer information, and money. Also, you have to take steps to prevent other security risks such as vandalism and workplace violence. But workplace crime not only affects the management, it also affects the employees. You want to feel safe at work. In fact, feeling safe at work was ranked third among the top five priorities of job satisfaction by employees surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management. Then we have to be concerned about compliance with OSHA regulations, too.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act makes us responsible for providing a safe workplace, and this includes security. To keep a facility secure and to keep everyone safe, you have to establish security policies and procedures that are designed to prevent crime in the workplace. For example, one of our policies in the facility requires visitors to sign in and be escorted inside the facility. This helps keep out people who have no business being in the building. We also ask our employees to be careful not to let strangers into the facility through employee entrances, but send them to Reception at the front door instead.
In closing, I learned a lot after reading and researching several articles and capturing how I became what I am now. It had took me back to when my mom instilled the importance of being responsible for my actions, be a leader not a follower, and take the initiative and learn how to work independently and with others. With those values as you read earlier in this memo, carried me through out my career to where I am today. As a solider I need to be more responsible, to set examples for my battle buddies, and take all initiatives to do what is required for me to do. I was provided the responsibilities to perform all the assigned duties that were given to me and I will take the actions to do so.