chapter 6 Professional Conduct
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A principle of right or good behavior, a system of moral principles or values, a study of moral philosophy, or the rules and standards of conduct governing the members of a profession.
What are some principles we value as military professionals?
Honesty, Honor, Integrity, Service Before Self, Discipline
What are some things expected of our daily conduct as military professionals?
Don‘t lie, cheat, or steal. Follow the rules. Adhere to the standards. Always do your best work. Always conduct yourself professionally. Don‘t discriminate. Treat people with respect. Be open and honest.
What resources or methods can you use to guide your ethical conduct and help your subordinates do the same?
AFIs, The Air Force Core Values, The UCMJ, Know the expected standards of conduct, Mentoring, Proper leadership
If you fail to conduct yourself in an ethical manner, there are sure to be consequences. Give examples of these consequences.
I could bring shame to myself, my unit, my service, and my country. I‘d set a bad example for others. I‘d face corrective actions for breeches of discipline; it could lead to discharge. It could compromise my credibility with my superiors, subordinates, nation, etc. Workcenter disruption.
Considering all the traits you learned about, why is integrity important?
Integrity helps our subordinates, coworkers, and supervisors trust what we say and do. Integrity builds trust and trust is the foundation of all good relationships and teams. Showing integrity creates public trust for our decisions on defending our nation
How could you, or do you, demonstrate Service Before Self in your daily actions?
By demonstrating a willingness to be worldwide available and ready, by working long hours when necessary, by being prepared for deployments, and perform any duties necessary to accomplish the mission. As supervisors, we need to be willing to modify our own leave schedules so our subordinates can take their leave, and by ensuring my family and my subordinates‘ families are prepared for our absences from home.
There are two categories of operations excellence: internal and external. What is the difference between the two?
Internal excellence is how we do business in the Air Force. External excellence relates to the way we treat the world around us, like environmental issues.
After a hard day‘s work you are finally released by your supervisor for the day. Upon reaching your car you realize that you forgot to pick up your cell phone from the desk in your office. When you enter your office building, you notice that a coworker is in the copy room and is placing a ream of paper in a bag to take home.Based on the concepts from the Professional Conduct chapter, the actions of your coworker are considered ….
Taking the paper from the copy room is stealing and, therefore, unethical behavior.
When you return to work the next day, you notice your supervisor going through a cabinet located in the copy room used to store paper. He notices you as you pass by and asks if you know where the extra paper he had brought over from supply was located? You remember that you saw a coworker take a ream of paper home the day before.
You need to show courage and do what’s right (Integrity First). Remember, Integrity is the moral compass of the military professional; it’s the inner voice, the source of self-control, and the basis for the trust that’s imperative in today's military.
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