U.S. Army Values

[May 31, 2023]   By discussing U.S. Army values, selecting an organization that clearly articulates its values is easy.

The U.S. Army has seven values that follow the acronym LDRSHIP.  They are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  There is the expectation that every Soldier, regardless of rank, memorizes and lives by those values.

The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy values are Honor, Courage, and Commitment.  The U.S. Air Force values are Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.  And the U.S. Coast Guard values are Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

What stands out quickly is the similarity of the values listed.  Interestingly, a review of many private corporate and public sector values is not that different from those identified here.

You may have also noticed a similarity between these seven values and those I consider the top five that contribute most to employee success.  They were posted under Characteristic #9: The Right Values on September 19, 2013.

“You must give soldiers reasons to have confidence and pride in themselves, their leaders, and their units.  Only then will you have loyalty.  Loyalty was the primary trait I looked for in soldiers.”   –Sergeant Major of the Army George W. Dunaway 1968-1970

The values listed here are an excellent set to live by, even in your personal life.

One thing that Soldiers talk about in living up to these values is that it is hard to do.  The most difficult to live by is personal courage (moral and physical courage).  Standing up for what you believe in and what is right is sometimes unpopular and can put you at risk.  Being a part of the Army and living up to these values strengthens them.

Maybe that is why they say … “Army Strong.”


The U.S. Army mission statement reads: “The Army’s mission is to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders.”


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16 thoughts on “U.S. Army Values

  1. Jonny Lightly

    The US army has completely lost its way. Drag shows, TikTok recruiting, encouraging trans soldiers, and going after white privilege. SecDef Austin is at the heart of destroying our military readiness. He’s a diversity hire because Biden (er, Biden’s team) wanted somebody dumber than him. Hard to do but they found their dupe. No one trusts the army and even Gen. Satterfield recommends NOT joining. Woke military will lose any skirmish much less a war.

  2. Emma Archambeau

    Loving Gen. Satterfield and his great leader website.

  3. Liz at Home

    Keep up the great work you are doing Gen. Satterfield. And, I see that the funeral of that fallen Korean War soldier is coming up very soon. Let us know how it turns out. I know that the funeral will be close to your home and will be where he is from. I hope that many of his family turn out.

    1. Greg Heyman

      That is why we honor men like him on Memorial Day.

      1. Idiot Savant

        Most Americans don’t even know the difference in Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day. No surprise with our broken formal, liberal-dominated education system. I hate to call it an education system, better call it an indoctrination system for Marxism and other leftist fantasy programs.

  4. docwatson

    Great article on values but I do believe, IMHO, the senior leadership of the US Army has trashed these values and so has Pres Biden. They diss on the values each day and yet expect those who are part of the army to follow them in some distorted way. Like accepting that trans-men should be in the Infantry. Come on! No way!

  5. Yusaf from Texas

    Don’t ya just love this website, and if you haven’t got a copy of his book, Gen. Satterfield wrote two and getting a copy helps fund this leadership website. Award winner.

      1. JT Patterson

        Yes, he did and we are all fans of Army Vet. Da Man!!!!!!!!

    1. The Toad

      Yeah, Army Vet. Big fan of yours here. Keep up the patriotic work you are doing for us, even if there are crazies in America that don’t deserve it. They need some butt kicking.


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