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Core Values of the United States Air Force

Whoever you are and wherever you fit on the Air Force team, this is the basic guide to the Air Force Core Values. They exist for all members of the Air Force family, from the highest ranking officer to the new recruit just entering Basic Training. They apply to all uniformed personnel, but also to civil servants and contractors working for the Air Force. They are for all of us to read, to understand, to live by and to cherish.

The Core Values are much more than minimum standards. They remind us of what it takes to get the mission done. They inspire us to do our very best at all times. They are the common bond among all comrades in arms, and they are the glue that unifies us and ties us to the great warriors and public servants of the past.

Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. These are the Air Force Core Values.

Integrity First

CounselingIntegrity is a character trait. It is the willingness to do what is right even when no one is looking. It is one's "moral compass," the inner voice, the voice of self-control, and the basis for the trust imperative in today's military.

Integrity is the ability to hold together and properly regulate all of the elements of a personality. A person of integrity is capable of acting on conviction. A person of integrity can control impulses and appetites.

Integrity also covers several other moral traits indispensable to national service.

Service Before Self

Service before self tells us that professional duties take precedence over personal desires. At the very least it includes the following behaviors:

Excellence In All We Do

Excellence in all we do directs us to develop a sustained passion for continuous improvement and innovation that will propel the Air Force into a long-term, upward spiral of accomplishment and performance.

The US Air Force Academy has a Core Values website at Core Values. It contains the full version of the Core Values booklet, from which the above excerpts were taken. There are also a series of readings about the Core Values and their place in the Air Force. In addition, you will find a series of easy-to-use implementation guides, and you may submit questions about the Core Values via the website mailbox. You are encouraged to visit the website for a more detailed discussion of the ideas you have been reading about on this page.