How does I. A.M. STRONG link to our Army Values and Warrior Ethos?
A Soldier in the United States Army stands strong – a member of a band of brothers and sisters bound together by timeless values and sharing a sense of duty and loyalty to their fellow Soldiers that is unlike any other in the world.
Their willingness to sacrifice for each other, to never leave a fallen comrade, is what makes a Soldier strong – on the battlefield, and off.
When a sexual assault occurs, it is a direct violation of not just our Army core values and Warrior Ethos, it is an assault on the Army way of life - a life in which it is our duty to protect and take care of each other no matter the time, place, or circumstance. As a band of brothers and sisters, it is our personal duty to intervene and prevent sexual assault and harassment.
Sexual assault is a crime. It is blue on blue. It betrays the victims, it betrays the band of brothers and sisters, and it breaks the bond of trust essential to our mission and our team.
The damage resulting from a sexual assault extends far beyond the victim, weakening the very health and morale of our Soldiers, breaking the bond of trust within our team, shattering the confidence Soldiers have in one another, and undermining unit readiness.
Sexual assault can be prevented. As Soldiers, our core values demand that we act. There are no passive bystanders. We must protect our Team Members. When you see or sense the risk of sexual harassment or sexual assault, it is your duty to intervene and protect your fellow Soldiers.