Posted on Dec 20, 2013
SFC James Baber
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Have you ever been placed in an position where your integrity was put on the line or have you witnessed someone who had to make that decision on career choice? And how did it make you look at the issue towards your career or someone else's?
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LTC Warren Miller
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I was heartbroken when I crossed the finish line of the record APFT run. It had felt like a good run but I couldn’t keep up the pace over the last half mile and could tell I was bleeding time. I had missed it by 12 seconds.

10 minutes later, my grader came up and admitted he didn’t see me cross the line. With scorecard in hand, he asked if I had caught my finish time. The word “ethical dilemma” literally flashed through my head.

My answer began a long downward spiral to the end of my career as the new CG had decided to make examples of senior officers and NCO’s who couldn’t meet the standards. But when I eventually left the Army, I did so with honor in my heart, mind, and soul because during that encounter with my grader, I had immediately chosen Integrity and the ability to sleep at night, even knowing at best I had likely lost a chance to pin on an eagle.

Regrets? Yes. But not about confessing my failure at what was literally a moment of truth.
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Col Regional Director, Whem/Ssa And Congressional Liaison
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SFC Baber, excellent question, as many folks probably have, I've been put into some interesting situations and had to make weighted decisions; personally I've used the "mirror test" to help make those calls that don't have a "clear-cut" right-or-wrong answer... again, great question... thanks for hosting!
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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Sure have. For the sake of professionalism I won't go into what happened, but the end result was not being able to go to the Staff Sergeant board until long after my more...."willing to look away"... peer group did...
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