“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
Google “Contractors Creed” and this is what you get from http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?57037-Contractors-Creed
THE CONTRACTORS CREED
I am a contractor. I look out for myself, the operators to my left and right, and no one else.
I will always take advantage of the fact that I can finally tell Commissioned Officers to pack sand, and will do so at every possible occasion.
I am my country’s scapegoat, the “plausible deniability” warrior, and I love it.
Less than 700 dollars a day is Unacceptable.
I am trained to eat things that would make a Billy goat puke, but will refuse anything less than 60 dollars Per Diem because I am greedy.
I care not for ribbons, nor awards for valor. I do this job for the opportunity to kill the enemies of my country, and to finally get that boat I’ve always wanted.
I will be in better shape than 99% of the active duty personnel, although this is not hard.
I will equip myself with the latest high-speed gear, and will trick out my M4 until it weighs more than 24 lbs, not because it works better, but because it looks cool in photographs.
I will carry more weapons, ammunition, and implements of death on my person, than an infantry fire team, and when engaged I will lay waste to everything around me.
In any combat zone, I will always locate the swimming pool, beer, and women, because I can.
I will deploy on my terms, and if it ever gets too stupid, I will simply find another company that pays me more.
How complicated… or Maybe not
While this particular writing is referring to contractors that are serving (yes I said that) in the field alongside our finest. It is a common theme heard in any situation where defense contractors are present.
According the NY Times “There were 113,491 employees of defense contractors in Afghanistan as of January 2012, compared with about 90,000 American soldiers, according to Defense Department statistics. Of those, 25,287, or about 22 percent of the employees, were American citizens, with 47 percent Afghans and 31 percent from other countries.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/world/asia/afghan-war-risks-are-shifting-to-contractors.html)
If that is true, which I believe it was at the time and still is, than contractors are part of our fighting forces and moreover they are part of our planning forces. What this means is that
- Contractors are people.
- Contractors have a stake in war fighting personal and professional.
- Contractors and Government Civilians are similar in a lot of ways.
- Contractors and military service members can operate under the same conditions.
Good ethics and values are not bound by our uniform or contract. In other words, whether I took an oath and wrote it down as a human to human kind of activity or I took an oath on my own the result is the same. In contracting documentation and presentations given to government workers there is a note on the fact that a government worker took an oath. Here is an example ethics handout it is public via google.
More on this www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/ccap/…/gov.ctr.relationshipaf.doc (Air Force document).
What the documents say is “do the right things” and they tell you what those things are by law. Interestingly enough, I have worked for years with contractors and leadership has told us over and over what the right things are. The point is that WE should be ethical in OUR behavior REGARDLESS of whether we are government or contractor. More often than not in my experience a lot of contractors are more inclined to do the right things because they really have more to lose.
Let’s think about this for minute..
- Contractor does something wrong the result is termination of the contract.
- Government worker does something wrong the result is an inquiry, after years the government worker is either terminated or promoted.
Isn’t this true? Or do I just have a great imagination?
Point – If you are bored by now
We need a creed on behalf of our war fighter. We need to be ethical and have integrity because.. JUST BECAUSE folks…. Politics are for politicians and there are a lot of them. One thing I have learned over the years is that politicians don’t stop bullets from the boardroom. I don’t really care what they are doing frankly, I care about what I am doing. Am I doing what is right for my friends in the field? Whether they are paid for by the government through one color of money or another doesn’t matter, the result is the same. We are fighting for freedom; our freedom and democracy; our democracy. I am **ANGRY** because I am an American and I love this country and want it to exist and I want my kids to have choices in their lives.
I am tired.. of hearing excuses from individuals that they can’t do the things they need to do because of someone else. I have mentioned in posts before that I know people that don’t give up but they are few. So, here it is.. the short of it…
In Support of our Warfighter Creed
I support our Warfighter. I think about my country and my family and the extension of those around me, I consider operators regardless of uniform and title.
I will work to have faith in those around me and build trust with those whom I don’t know well in order to protect and preserve our existence as we know it.
I will lead from where I am and seek to be better every day knowing that if I excel those around me excel.
I will look to practice being selfless and empathetic of others.
I will be strong and take a stand when I have to.
I will share information to benefit everyone that shares my cause.
I will reuse and recycle process, methods and tools anywhere and anytime I can.
I have a code and recognize that others do as well, I will respect them as I expect them to respect me.
I will collaborate, cooperate and communicate every opportunity I have as I understand together we are stronger.
I will work to sharpen my body and my mind to be strong and ready.
I will be concerning with my actions and take responsibility for me.
I will be honest.
I will be loyal.
I will deliver results and prove them when possible through measured success.
I will not always know the mass effects of my work but I will recognize that results are independent of intent and results will vary while intent is consistent.
I am accountable for my actions and I hold myself responsible and expect others to do the same.
I know and understand right from wrong and if I am challenged to understanding the difference or I feel as if I am uncertain, I will ask a trusted agent to help provide clarity.
Some people can easily tie this to religion.. it can’t be about religion because we will differ. This has to be for the purpose of our shared values. Religion is divisive, that being said… if your faith is aligned with these concepts.. this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
I don’t expect people to take this idea and run with it or change their behavior overnight but I do want people to think about and recognize that our failings are our enemies strength.
The reason why American’s are so good is because we have shared values sewn together as a diverse tapestry with drastically dynamic and different roots. In other words, we are all very different but when we come together these differences melt into something very powerful, common and known. Ask anyone who grew up in a place like Coop City in the Bronx, we were all different but we were so tied together that we have been bound in friendship for almost 40 years.
Take a stand and share this creed.. letting people know that you care is a step towards building trust.