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Official 2011 Second Guest Blogging Contest Post #4
Contest Article

For almost 17 years I’ve been a part of the United State Navy a heritage that began on October 13, 1775, and just like any organization the USN stands on a set of values. Those Core Values are Honor, Courage and Commitment. These values can apply to anyone who is trying to achieve success, and blogging is no different. Let’s quickly look at their meaning and how some of these concepts can apply to the Blogger.

Honor: “I will bear true faith and allegiance …” Accordingly, we will: Conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers, superiors and subordinates; Be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other, and with those outside the Navy; Be willing to make honest recommendations and accept those of junior personnel; Encourage new ideas and deliver the bad news, even when it is unpopular; Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word; Fulfill or exceed our legal and ethical responsibilities in our public and personal lives twenty-four hours a day. Illegal or improper behavior or even the appearance of such behavior will not be tolerated. We are accountable for our professional and personal behavior. We will be mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.

Courage: “I will support and defend …” Accordingly, we will have: courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding, or otherwise difficult; Make decisions in the best interest of the navy and the nation, without regard to personal consequences; Meet these challenges while adhering to a higher standard of personal conduct and decency; Be loyal to our nation, ensuring the resources entrusted to us are used in an honest, careful, and efficient way. Courage is the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.

Commitment: “I will obey the orders …” Accordingly, we will: Demand respect up and down the chain of command; Care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people; Show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion, or gender; Treat each individual with human dignity; Be committed to positive change and constant improvement; Exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, quality and competence in what we have been trained to do. The day-to-day duty of every Navy man and woman is to work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.

The Blogger must have Honor. You should always conduct yourself in the highest ethical manner. What makes the blogger great are the relationships that are established with other bloggers. A chair is worthless without legs, and a blogger can not stand without the support of his/her community. A blogger can not grow unless you are willing to give feedback to others, and help those who are following in your footsteps. A blogger must be honest and not afraid to disagree with an opposing opinion. Because being honest is to have integrity, and if you can’t have integrity with yourself, then having it with your peers will be impossible.

The Blogger must have Courage. It takes courage to open up to the world. Courage doesn’t come in the form of a warm fuzzy, but it comes in the form of opportunity. You must seek out the demands and challenges and not avoid them because Courage is the opposite of fear, and a blogger must be fearless.

The Blogger must have Commitment. You should never settle for any short term success achieved. You should always seek constant improvement. Not only staying engaged with yourself, but those around you. Success only comes on the backs of those that feel committed, obligated and prepare for the process. Having commitment means embracing failure. Every great achievement since the beginning of time was born from failure, but it is the commitment that carries a Blogger through the process.



Do you possess these three traits? When you vote on Blog Engage are you just voting or are you going to the website and reading an individuals article? Remember analytic’s don’t lie, and integrity starts with each individual. The United States Navy has been standing for 225 years. As a blogger if you wish to have longevity the core of what you do must be solid and provide value to those you serve.  Big thanks to Brian for this opportunity.

About Alvin Tatum Jr

Hello everyone my name is Alvin and welcome to the Madden Corner. I'm a 17 year military veteran currently on active duty. I've been to the Persian Gulf twice and I've served a tour in Iraq. Life in the military has literally taken me around the world and given me a wealth of experiences. I have a passion for technology, gadgets and anything that can make life a little easier.

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