LTG Mary Legere has been in the United States Army for more than thirty years. She received her commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of New Hampshire and later joined the Military Intelligence Corps. She is now a Lieutenant General and Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.
Lt. Gen. Mary Legere says that success in the Army involves internalizing its values and subordinating individual needs for the needs of the team. This is clearly stated in the U.S. Army Field Manual 22-100; memorizing its values is not enough. Leaders teach the Army’s values to each new soldier. These values establish the foundations of leaders of character, and once members have learned these values, then their leaders make sure they adhere to them. It’s essential for every member of the Army to adhere to its principles, because the Army can only function as a team, and it cannot tolerate unethical behavior, because it destroys morale and undermines the confidence and trust that are the foundation of any successful team.
But it is not enough for members of the Army to adhere to its beliefs and convictions because they fear they will be punished otherwise. Soldiers adhere to Army values over time, because they come to respect them, realize their worth, and they understand that they represent the right thing to do. As they come to believe in and demonstrate Army values they become people of character themselves.
LTG Mary Legere has served the Army in Iraq and in Korea. She holds a Masters degree in Military Arts and Science.
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