Twelve Things the Army Taught Me
1. We are all family. We may bicker and argue among ourselves but in the end, we all work together doing our parts to accomplish the overall mission.
2. We do not discriminate. We don't care where your parents came from. We don't care what language you speak at home. We don't care what your religion is or if you have one. For the Army, we're all wearing green.
3. We don't discriminate against women as many general officers are women.
4. We work as a team. All teams are only as strong as their weakest link. Help those who need help and we all benefit.
5. Constantly strive to learn. The world is changing don't be left behind. Life is a constant learning experience.
6. Set the example. Be a model for others to follow. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
7. Always be looking for better, smarter ways to do things. No one has all the answers.
8. If an opportunity presents itself and it makes sense, take it or follow it and make it yours.
9. Learn from your mistakes. None of us are perfect.
10. Don't let age be an excuse if you can help it.
11. Work around your disabilities if possible. Mine showed up with hip replacement and knee trouble. And like so many of us ... we left the war but it never left us. PTSD comes in all different forms and is something many of us deal with.
12. Something that made a lot of sense to me came from Yoda of Star Wars: There is no excuse. There is what you do and what you don't do.