<a href="//www.army.mil/fm1/" target="_blank">FM 1: THE ARMY</a> - WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER

Thursday June 16, 2005

The Army's culture has its roots in its traditions and history. Its rich and honorable history of service to the Nation reminds Soldiers of who they are, the cause they serve, and their ties to those who have gone before them.

The Army is a values-based organization. It upholds principles that are grounded in the Constitution and inspire guiding values and standards for its members. These principles are best expressed by the Army Values, Soldier's Creed, and Warrior Ethos. Derived from the obligations of the oaths of office, they express the professional competence required of Soldiers and affirm long-standing values within the Army's culture.

The Army Values are the basic building blocks of a Soldier's character.

The Soldier's Creed captures the spirit of being a Soldier and the dedication Soldiers feel to something greater than themselves.

The Warrior Ethos describes the frame of mind of the professional Soldier.

These values and standards instill in every Soldier the will to win and make great personal sacrifices in selfless service to the Nation.

Source: FM 1, chapter 1


Celebrations for the Army's 230th birthday are taking place all week across the world. Go to www.army.mil/birthday/230 to find events in your area, or to view pictures from yesterday's Army birthday celebrations.

For the latest Army news and information, visit the Soldiers Radio and Television Web site at www.army.mil/srtv. You can listen live to Soldiers Radio, and view current and past editions of SRTV Army Newswatch.


  • Rift over Guard's future results in gridlock (NHN/EB)
  • NYC spotlight on recruiters for Army birthday (ARNEWS)
  • "Future Soldiers" enlist at Pentagon on Army birthday (ARNEWS)
  • Sixteen soldiers to wrestle in U.S. World Team Trails (ARNEWS)
  • "Best Ranger" set for Military Channel launch (ARNEWS)


  • Bush is expected to address specifics on war policies (WP | EB)
  • Roadside bomb kills U.S. marines; Australian freed (LAT | EB)
  • Magnet for insurgents is a crucial test of new U.S. strategy (NYT | EB)
  • Republican tensions emerge over Iraq (WSJ | EB)
  • Critics of Guantanamo urge Congress to intervene (WP | EB)
  • Algerian connection is reported in car bombings in Iraq (SLPD | EB)
  • Kurds are illegally holding Arabs and others, U.S. says (NYT | EB)
  • Australian leader praises Iraqi, U.S. forces for hostage rescue (AFIS)
  • Despite insurgency, things better in Iraq, Rumfeld says (AFIS)
  • Bin Laden and Omar said to be alive and well (WP | EB)
  • DoD details detainee efforts to Senate panel (AFIS)
  • Soldiers conduct infantry course in Afghanistan (ARNEWS)


  • Lawmakers, Guard leaders rally to keep planes in place (NJCD/EB)
  • Koreas celebrate five years of renewed ties (WT | EB)
  • Top U.S. official to seek more trans-Atlantic cooperation on UAVs (ADDR/EB)
  • Official cites progress in WMD countermeasure development (AFIS)
  • Indiana city flourishes after "Fort Ben" closure (AFIS)
  • "Uncle Sam really wants you"--Opinion (NYT | EB)
  • Vietnam War disc jockey Cronauer praises families of MIAs (AFIS)


  • Australian hostage freed in military raid (The Australian)
  • White House turns down calls for withdrawal, more casualties reported (Syria Times)
  • Americans and terrorists form unholy alliance against Iran (Tehran Times)
  • Bewildered, United States question free trade (China Daily)
  • Pentagon analyst indicted on charges of passing classified information (Middle East Times)

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June 16, 2005
Tonight, the Military Channel will air a three-part special "Best Ranger" competition from 8 - 11 p.m. EDT. Also airing on June 17 at 4 and 7 a.m. and 12 and 3 p.m. (Story)


All the soldiers, I always talk to them about being our nation's next greatest generation, and they really are. They're doing a magnificent job out there in the global war on terror, and they represent Americans very well every day. They make us proud every day. (story)

Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army


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