Military and Strategic Journal
Issued by the Directorate of Morale Guidance at the General Command of the Armed Forces
United Arab Emirates
Founded in August 1971

2019-07-07

Being a Soldier:The Responsibilities of Serving in the Armed Forces

Army soldiers have a responsibility to protect themselves, each other and their units as a whole while defending their country against terrorist elements at home and enemies abroad. This is a daunting task requiring the mobilisation of all human and natural resources for the sake of the nation’s prosperity, security and stability. 
 
Soldiers may undertake different types of tasks and responsibilities depending on their training style and their technical specialties. The military, for example, offers more than 150 job options in so-called military occupation specialties. 
 
Regardless of their individual discipline, every soldier is keen to play individual roles to uphold freedom, democracy and ideals. Insofar as soldiers’ are committed to obeying the laws of the army, their duties focus on giving the highest priority to accomplishing tasks, while ensuring non-negligence of their everyday tasks and obligations, maintaining an acceptable level of physical, mental and moral fitness, gaining experience and discipline through their careers, and maintaining their equipment or systems as well as managing their personal affairs.
 
What Does the Word “Soldier” Mean?
As members of the army, soldiers are responsible for defending democracy, protecting the soil of their homeland and its allies. Marines, navy sailors and air-force personnel tend to perform similar tasks during their service in the military while, as members of a single team, soldiers must cooperate closely to accomplish tasks, obligations and special duties. 
 
Soldiers’ actions must always reflect the commitment to the seven core values of the Army — the belief in allegiance, duty, respect, self-denial, honour, honesty and courage. In turn, these wonderful values serve soldiers well throughout their lives.
 
Military Offence and National Defence
After entering the service, all the new recruits are trained to fight during their basic training period. After completing training, most soldiers’ duties focus on military combat and field operations, entailing that they must be in optimal health and physical fitness. 
 
Soldiers need a great deal of courage to volunteer for jobs where they are often the target of direct fire, such as infantry, ballistic explosives and mine-sweeping operations. For individuals who have received specialised training, they may also be assigned the command of tanks and armoured vehicles while, in certain situations, soldiers may participate in peacekeeping operations in the most troubled parts of the world, emphasising the importance of the combat element, even in peacetime.
 
Logistics and Support 
As in any major institution, soldiers working in the back office are responsible for managing military affairs, such as human resources, legal and engineering affairs, computer technology, healthcare and even troop entertainment. The technicians of sonar and radar systems are responsible for monitoring any signs of infiltration. 
 
The role of the soldiers in the communications and control centre is to transfer information from military intelligence analysts to decision-makers determining the best approach to the situation. Officers will then receive orders or instructions to lead their soldiers in carrying out pre-ordained tasks.
 
Elite Forces
Elite forces are the best-known human soldiering elements worldwide. They are responsible for penetrating the depths of enemy lines with the aim of launching raids and incursions, carrying out surveillance and reconnaissance missions. 
 
They are also tasked with seizing the enemy’s footholds and supply materials to destroy them, while specialising in forced intrusions and sudden offensive operations. In addition, rangers are called upon to gather intelligence from within enemy-controlled areas, although they must be in constant readiness to be deployed to any part of the world without prior warning.
 
Disaster Management 
Soldiers serve as a life insurance policy for any nation by virtue of their ability to perform many different and diverse tasks in cooperation with regular or reserve forces without prior warning. They must be fully prepared to deal with any internal or external crises, such as natural disasters, reflecting the vital role played by the armed forces in both the military and civilian spheres.
 
Soldiers also receive a training package that qualifies them to conduct disaster relief operations, being well-prepared to provide the necessary support to central and local governments in emergencies or to carry out humanitarian operations worldwide. Hence, the army has multiple functions beyond being a war-fighting institution to defend the homeland or confront the enemies of the state with full force if necessary. 
Within hours, Air Assault Task Force soldiers can deal with any potential threat with the help of the Warfighting Division, which includes thousands of troops and vehicles under its command. Operations can be carried out independently, in cooperation with NATO or in cooperation with major allies.
 
Soldiers are Forever Improving Levels
One of the most important things you should do as a soldier is to make sure that your combat skills are sharpened. As a soldier who is keen to advance, you will certainly want to take advantage of the training opportunities available. 
There are many different types of training available — tactical, technical and physical, as well as leadership skills development. Many of these opportunities enable the individual soldier to develop his field skills, either as an individual or as a member of the team.
 
Living the Army’s Values
Most people understand the meaning of loyalty, duty, respect, self-denial, honour, honesty and courage, but how many times have you seen someone apply these values or adhere to them as a basic value system? Soldiers learn the meaning of these values in detail during the basic combat training period (BCT) and apply them to everyday life, whether in service or not. 
 
In short, the seven core values listed below embody the true meaning of soldiery:
 
Loyalty : This means true faith and allegiance to the Constitution, the Army, one’s unit and the rest of one’s fellow comrades, which requires you to be self-confident and fully free to perform challenging tasks or be loyal to someone. A loyal soldier thus supports his leadership and defends his comrades; wearing the military uniform means giving your loyalty fully — when you do what is required of you, you express your loyalty to your unit.
 
Duty: It is essential to abide by one’s duties. The performance of duty not only means carrying out the tasks entrusted to you, but also being able to perform those tasks within a team, even when Army tasks prove a difficult mix of ever-changing tasks and responsibilities. 
 
Respect: Treat others as you wish to be treated is, in Soldier’s Code, when one pledges to “treat others with dignity and respect and expect reciprocity.” It is respect that gives us the ability to get the best out of others while assuring us that others have done their duty. 
 
Selfless Service: Putting the interest of the state, the army and your subordinates ahead of individual interests means that self-denial is one of the highest human values. To serve your country is to do your duty without waiting for a word of thanks or financial gain, while the mainstay of self-denial is the keenness of each team member to do his best and to strive for what is always better.
 
Honour: You must abide by the values of the army. The Medal of Valour is the highest military award in the UAE, awarded to soldiers who make honour a way of life and prove their heroic and honourable stand for themselves and their country. This reflects the true values of loyalty, allegiance and courage embedded in every citizen’s heart. 
 
Integrity: Under the principle of ‘do what is right’ both legally and morally, integrity is a trait that is realised through commitment to ethical principles, requiring the individual not to do or say anything that deceives others. The higher the level of trustworthiness, the greater the confidence of others in you, and the more trust-based options you have, the stronger will be the effect of practicing this virtue on your relationships with family, friends and ultimately yourself.
 
Personal Courage: It is vital for the individual soldier to counter fear, danger or adverse (physical or moral) circumstances. While personal courage has long been associated with the army, physical courage depends on the endurance of physical pain and even risking your personal safety in some circumstance. Facing moral fear or any adverse circumstances may be a long and slow process of moving onto the right track, particularly if your actions do not resonate positively with others. You can enhance your personal courage by defending, on a daily basis, what you believe is honourable.
 
Conclusion
In conclusion, being a soldier gives men and women the opportunity to make a difference to the world. It is also a way to gain leadership experience and develop the ability to strike the balance between work and life, achieving success and fulfilment in both. 
 
Soldiers become part of a global family, having have the opportunity to take advantage of all the resources they need to support their family. They can also realise some mutual benefit between the two families by developing strong faith in the capabilities of colleagues.
 
Reference Text/Photos: www.goarmy.com,www.army.mil,www.navy.mil

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