July 19, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner: “Core Values”

Lt. Greg Woodard
Station Chaplain

In light of the Commandants Heritage tour and directive of an ethics stand-down, I asked the Desert Warrior to re-run this article on values that appeared in this space in the not too distant past.

In my role as a Station Chaplain, I have the joy of welcoming Marines to the station and of providing counseling to many of them. Each time I meet with a young Marine, I remind them that the decision that they make today will affect their future. I get a nod of agreement, and a statement of understanding this.

I generally proceed to tell the Marines that as a 40ish year old chaplain, I have the advantage of being able to look back on the 20 years that have gone by since I began my 20s. I can see the results of decisions made – both good results and bad results.

Each time I meet to counsel someone, I listen carefully to the issues that are of concern to them. I listen to decisions that were made that provide a foundation to their current concerns. In my experience, there is a general lack of consideration about how the decisions made in the moment may affect the future. I often find that there is little in the way of guiding principles that provide a framework for making decisions.

I’d like to offer three guiding principles that all of us who serve on the Navy / Marine Corps team are aware of: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Honor is living with integrity, responsibility, and accountability. Are we honest in our dealings with others? Is our word our bond? Do we take responsibility for our actions and do we have people in our lives to whom we can be accountable?

Courage is doing the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons. Do we cut corners in trying to move our careers ahead? Are we willing to compromise our standards in order to make ourselves look good?

Commitment is devotion to our organization and to our fellow Marines & Sailors. Do we live by the motto of treating others as you would have them treat you? Do we demonstrate this commitment by our words and actions?

I believe that if we will commit to living according to the principles of honor, courage and commitment that our chances of making decisions that will positively affect our future will be greatly enhances.



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