Welcome and thank you for visiting the Professional Development Toolkit website. The following resources are intended to provide professional development opportunities for America's Army; Army leaders of all ranks, Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members. As we remain committed to an all-volunteer Army that is the most decisive land force in the world, strengthening our Army Profession based on implicit and universal trust has never been more important. The contents of this page will include rich venues for professional development that include Senior Leader speeches, Institute of Land Warfare-sponsored (ILW) forums, panels and meetings that address a wide-range of professional topics such as leader development, enhancing Soldier capabilities, modernization, force structure and Army families.

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AUSA Hot Topics Focus: Installation Management

AUSA Hot Topics Focus: Installation Management

The Association of the United States Army Hot Topics forum was held in Washington, D.C., March 10.MORE

Army Warfighter Experiment highlights new technologies

Army Warfighter Experiment highlights new...

Three Army technologies were in play at the recently conducted Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment on Fort Benning, Georgia.MORE

New training system helps defend against ground-fired missiles

New training system helps defend against...

Army engineers have developed an advanced system to train aircraft crews to protect aircraft and crewmembers against threats such as shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles.MORE

Odierno visits Fort Wainwright

Odierno visits Fort Wainwright

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno met with leaders from across U.S. Army Alaska, or USARAK, during his first trip to Fort Wainwright, Feb. 10.MORE

TRADOC commanding general spells out new Army operating concept

TRADOC commanding general spells out new Army...

The commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, described the Army's new operating concept, "Win in a Complex World," as the blueprint for Army forces to...MORE

Training prepares Soldiers, Families for reintegration

Training prepares Soldiers, Families for...

One of the most important aspects of training a Soldier can go through is the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, or SERE, training. However, surviving through captivity is just half the...MORE

Vice chief addresses sequestration effects on Army aviation

Vice chief addresses sequestration effects on...

Just as the Army chief of staff recently testified before lawmakers warning of the damage another round of sequestration would cause, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn echoed the...MORE

Air Cavalry course to train pilots with unmanned aerial system operators

Air Cavalry course to train pilots with...

A new course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, will pair up Air Cavalry leaders with the operators of unmanned aerial systems.MORE

Improved Army system, training to increase vigilance

Improved Army system, training to increase...

Soldiers of a U.S. Army research center have worked to improve training for fellow Soldiers on a quick-reaction intelligence capability that better supports the system in the field and potentially...MORE

Army proves new watercraft capabilities

Army proves new watercraft capabilities

The Army established a new proven watercraft capability on White Beach Naval Base, Okinawa, Jan. 20-22, that can improve efficiency and save time in future sea operations.MORE

TRADOC commander visits Allied Spirit I in Hohenfels, Germany

TRADOC commander visits Allied Spirit I in...

TRADOC Commander Gen. David Perkins visited Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 25, 2015, to observe exercise Allied Spirit I and share his vision on the Army's new operating concept, 'Win in a complex world.'MORE

TRADOC bids farewell as Dailey departs to be new SMA

TRADOC bids farewell as Dailey departs to be...

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, outgoing senior enlisted adviser for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, was honored for his service and dedication during a sunset retreat ceremony at...MORE

Soldiers to get one-percent pay raise in New Year

Soldiers to get one-percent pay raise in New...

Most Soldiers will receive a one-percent increase in basic pay in January along with a 2.9-percent increase in their basic allowance for subsistence.MORE

Army revises officer development pamphlet for world of '360-degree threats'

Army revises officer development pamphlet for...

Army Pamphlet 600-3, revised this month, emphasizes the importance of broadening assignments to Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management.MORE

Army thanks Soldier for confronting unethical behavior online

Army thanks Soldier for confronting unethical...

Army and DOD officials met with a senior non-commissioned officer Dec. 15, 2014, to thank her for leading by example and defending Army values, despite facing harassment after confronting Service...MORE

America's entry into World War II remembered 73 years later

America's entry into World War II remembered 73...

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan carried out a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt told a joint session of Congress that Dec. 7 is "a date...MORE

SMA discusses professionalism, living Army Values during town hall

SMA discusses professionalism, living Army...

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III made a stop at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 3, 2014, and hosted a town hall meeting with Soldiers and family members at the post's All-American Chapel.MORE

'Open season' shopping for federal employee health care could result in savings

'Open season' shopping for federal employee...

Many federal employees say they're happy with their health insurance and are not planning to shop around for other plans. That would be a mistake, said Federal Employees Health Benefits expert...MORE

Aviation refines doctrine to meet emerging threats

Aviation refines doctrine to meet emerging...

In a climate of ever-changing operational environments and emerging threats, Army Aviation must transform to meet the demands required to defeat the enemy. It all begins with doctrine.MORE

New 'breed' of Army dog handlers

New 'breed' of Army dog handlers

Soldiers of the U.S. Army's Military Police Corps newest military occupational specialty are making history on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.MORE

SMA Chandler visits Camp Zama, discusses Army Profession

SMA Chandler visits Camp Zama, discusses Army...

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited Camp Zama, Japan, Nov. 24-25, 2014, as part of a tour of Japan and Korea.MORE

Army in final steps of defining service 'ethic'

Army in final steps of defining service 'ethic'

As guests of Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, about 100 Army civilians within the Senior Executive Service met Nov. 20 at the National Defense University to discuss and provide input on a new...MORE

Professional development program breaks ground for Army civilians

Professional development program breaks ground...

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command has established a professional development program for its civilians at Fort Eustis, Virginia, that could be replicated across the Army.MORE

Seven Army generals talk leadership with ROTC cadets

Seven Army generals talk leadership with ROTC...

Howard University recently hosted eight senior Army leaders and more than 300 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, as part of cadet mentoring and professional development.MORE

Perkins to civilians: See the big picture, solve the big problems

Perkins to civilians: See the big picture...

The leader of the command responsible for shaping the future U.S. Army, shared some of his leadership principles and insights with Army civilians during a professional development session, Nov. 4...MORE

Army's corporate research laboratory guides technology with sharper focus

Army's corporate research laboratory guides...

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory released its Science and Technology Campaign Plans for 2015 - 2035, Nov. 4, 2014, to support strategic land power dominance for the Army of 2030 and beyond.MORE

Landpower forum: broad cooperation necessary for 'persistent influence'

Landpower forum: broad cooperation necessary...

Not only do conventional and Special Forces need to work together to effect persistent influence in landpower, but like-minded militaries and agencies must cooperate as well, said the commander of...MORE

I Corps hosts joint total-force leader conference

I Corps hosts joint total-force leader...

Senior leaders from the Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force and the Canadian military gathered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Oct. 22, 2014, for a two-day senior leader...MORE

Army considering major changes for recruiting

Army considering major changes for recruiting

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is considering a number of dramatic changes to help deal with what it perceives as an extremely challenging recruiting environment in coming years.MORE

Regionally aligned forces getting global workout

Regionally aligned forces getting global workout

"Soldiers are now deployed in a regionally aligned force-fashion around the world where they need to be, whether to fulfill treaty obligations, secure prosperity and peace or consolidate...MORE

Human Dimension: Army Medicine part of culture change

Human Dimension: Army Medicine part of culture...

Winning wars in the future will not be about who has the best technology or the latest weapons. The difference between success and failure will be the "human dimension."MORE

TRADOC commander: Empowering others best way to progress

TRADOC commander: Empowering others best way to...

Empowerment is a two-way street between subordinates and supervisors, said Gen. David G. Perkins, Training and Doctrine Command commanding general, during the Association of the United States...MORE

Army leaders say ethics integral part of all Soldiers' actions

Army leaders say ethics integral part of all...

The Army profession demands that Soldiers adhere to the Army ethic at all times, Chief of Staff the Army Gen. Ray Odierno said, at an AUSA panel on "Why and How We Serve."MORE

SMA engages warrant officers on NCO recruitment, drawdown

SMA engages warrant officers on NCO...

As the Army continues its drawdown, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III has shared many messages to educate and prepare the enlisted force for likely changes. One of those messages to...MORE

Forum studies bleak recruiting future of the all-volunteer Army

Forum studies bleak recruiting future of the...

U.S. Army Recruiting Command gathered leading public and private sector thinkers to study the future of recruiting as the quality of the prospect pool dwindles.MORE

Army Operating Concept expands definition of combined arms

Army Operating Concept expands definition of...

The Army Operating Concept, published Oct. 7, 2014, expands the idea of joint combined-arms operations to include intergovernmental and special operations capabilities, said Gen. Herbert R...MORE

Army experts discuss veteran, spouse employment

Army experts discuss veteran, spouse employment

Transitioning Soldiers and Army spouses have a trove of experience and insight to offer civilian employers, say Army experts.MORE

Experts focus on mental health of Army kids

Experts focus on mental health of Army kids

Army children are at a slightly higher risk for mental disorders, but they're also incredibly resilient, say mental health and education experts.MORE

Carson: Changes needed in Army's 'archaic' retention, promotion system

Carson: Changes needed in Army's 'archaic'...

The Army needs to make serious institutional changes in order to retain and develop the best Soldiers, the Army's under secretary said.MORE

Army Cyber capabilities increasing to include Guard, Reserve

Army Cyber capabilities increasing to include...

The Army's top cyberspace experts said increasing digital capabilities of the force include 11 cyber protection brigades in the National Guard, and 400 more Cyber Soldiers in the Army Reserve.MORE

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