Marine Corps Leadership Trait INTEGRITY
In order to earn the trust of your Marines it is essential that your integrity be beyond reproach. What you do when no one is watching is as important as the example you set in front of your Marines.
INTEGRITY is the foundation upon which your character is built on. Of all the Marine Corps Leadership Traits - Integrity is a cornerstone.
"This trait is strongly emphasized from day one of the enlistment process throughout the entirety of a Marine’s career. A recruit who lies, cheats, or steals will quickly be labeled an integrity violator.
When I was in recruit training, we had an integrity violator in my platoon.Part of recruit training is what we call “fire watch”, which is where two recruits stand post for an hour at a time, and they watch foranything that could pose a danger to their platoon.
While my platoon was on the rifle range, we had a recruit who fell asleep on fire watch (the second time committing that violation) and then lie about it to the senior drill instructor the next morning. Not only did that recruit endanger every one of us, but he also lied about it in order to try and save his own skin! That is a textbook example of an integrity violator, and no Marine wants to where that label. Marines arenothing if not honest, and we expect all Marines to take responsibility for their actions.
Once a Marine’s integrity is called intoquestion, it is a very long and very hard path to rebuilding the lost trust and confidence. Right or wrong, I’ve seen Marines who wear the“integrity violator” label through their entire career by way of negative counselings and/or nonjudicial punishment as documented in their service record book.
Marine leaders can and often do “forgive” their junior Marines of many things, but a junior Marine who is willing to violate his own integrity will most likely not be forgiven or trusted for a very long time."
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