Gen. John A. Wickham Jr., Army Chief of Staff from 1983-1987
August 14, 2008
A partnership exists between the Army and Army families...The basis of this statement is the understanding that the Army is an institution, not an occupation. Members take an oath of service to the nation and the Army, rather than simply accept a job. As an institution, the Army has moral and ethical obligations to those who serve and their families; they correspondingly have responsibilities to the Army.