“Character Above All!”
Cadets are expected to know the motto and use it when greeting Georgia Military College officers, staff, and faculty in uniform.
What is a person of character?
A person of “character”:
- Knows the good, desires the good, and does the good.
- Strives to set a good example by practicing high standards of:
- Integrity. Men and women of character love the truth, tell the truth, and stand by their word. Personal honor and preserving good reputation are of paramount importance to them. They do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.
- Respect-for-others. Men and women of character practice the Golden Rule: “Treat others as you want to be treated.” They show respect for others in everyday language and actions.
- Sense of duty: Men and women of character can be counted on to do their duty without fail, without expecting reward, without having to be constantly reminded of their obligations, and without calculating the cost.
- Courage: Men and women of character build deep moral and ethical reserves of courage by always doing the right thing. These moral and ethical reserves enable them to choose the harder right over the easier wrong during difficult times. Moral courage is required more often than physical courage.
- Selfless service: Men and women of character place the needs of others before their own. They are team players who unhesitatingly add their skills, knowledge, and attitudes to those of their team for the purpose of guaranteeing the success of the team. They are compassionate people who always look for opportunities to help the needy.