WEST POINT, N.Y. (April 8, 2010) -- The U.S. Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic is sponsoring an Army-wide ethics competition running through Aug. 15.

Soldiers, civilian employees and family members may choose up to seven ways to share their stories and personal insights about maintaining the U.S. Army's high ethical standards.

The competition's seven categories include:

1. Army Professional Exemplar - The best personal account or profile of an individual that exemplifies an Army professional;

2. Army Values Exemplars - The best accounts of individuals that exemplify each of the seven Army values;

3. Articulate the Army Professional Military Ethic - The best Army written document outlining a recommended set of codes, principles, values, beliefs, ideals or other approaches to articulating what we stand for as an Army;

4. Professional Development Program - The best unit professional development program (LPD, OPD, or NCOPD);

5. Case Study/Vignettes - The best moral-ethical case study or vignette (can be recent or historical);

6. Monograph - The best written monograph or essay articulating the Army professional military ethic and its place in the profession and culture; and

7. Instructional Method - The best methods or techniques for instructing the professional military ethic or character development.

"Our professional military ethic is the system of moral standards and principles that define our commitment to the Nation and the way we conduct ourselves in its service," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. in last year's Joint Forces Quarterly magazine.

"In part, we articulate the professional military ethic through Army values, the Warrior Ethos, the noncommissioned officer's creed, the Soldier's creed, and oaths of office. Yet the full meaning of the professional military ethic extends beyond these beliefs and norms. More implicit aspects of our rich history and culture influence our moral compasses as well," he wrote.

The charter for the Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic is to ensure that Army core values and ethos remain strong in the face of repeated deployments and the challenges of modern, complex battlefields. This includes formal responsibilities for the full scope of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities as they affect the professional military ethic and character.

The deadline for entering the competition is Aug. 15.

The one-page entry form and submission package can be e-mailed to theacpme@usma.edu or submitted by mail to:

U.S. Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic
ATTN: Competition
Taylor Hall, Bldg 600
West Point, NY 10996

or sent by fax to (845) 938-0414.

For more information about the competition, visit the ACPME Web site at <a href="http://acpme.army.mil" target=Aca,!A?_blank">http://acpme.army.mil</a>, or the competition's AKO Web site at <a href=https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/611545 target=Aca,!A?_blank">https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/611545</a> (login required).

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