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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Today's Focus:

2011 Profession of Arms Survey

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The overall objective of the Campaign is for Soldiers and leaders to refine their understanding of what it means to be professionals- expert members of the Profession of Arms-after over nine years of war and to recommit to a culture of service and the responsibilities and behaviors of our profession as articulated in the Army ethic."

-Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, then commanding general, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

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"It can't be understated that this is an Army-wide effort. This is something being done in a unique way because we have mobilized the entire Army. The Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army don't sign too many Terms of Reference during their tenure, so you know this is a major Army engagement and these are things they want us to focus on … We want professionals having discussions amongst themselves about what makes them a profession, talking about their strengths and weaknesses and what can make them stronger."

- Col. Sean Hannah, director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, the lead agency under TRADOC's Combined Arms Center for Profession of Arms campaign, emphasizes the historic importance of the Army's attempt to do a holistic review in regards to the Army as a profession.

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"The intent isn't just to conduct an assessment, produce a report and hand it to generals. The guidance is to get the whole force energized and talking about this, and also to share what they're talking about."

- Maj. Pete Jennings, Center for the Army Profession and Ethic research director, speaking about the Profession of Arms Survey

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A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

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March:

Women's History Month - Women in the US Army

Brain Injury Awareness Month:
-Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
-Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center


April:

Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program

Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website

Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army


April 12: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War - See: The Battle of Gettysburg microsite on Army.mil

TODAY'S FOCUS

2011 Profession of Arms Survey

What is it?

On Oct. 27, 2010, the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) directed the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to conduct a comprehensive review of the Profession of Arms. This Army-wide campaign began in January 2011. The purpose is to assess how the Army has changed after more than ten years of continuous deployments and how it must adapt to remain successful in an era of persistent conflict. The 2011 Profession of Arms Survey is a key element of this assessment and your participation is very important.

What has the Army done?

This anonymous study had been designed by Profession of Arms Campaign Community of Practice, a group established by the TRADOC commander to represent each of the five Army cohorts (commissioned officer, warrant officer, noncommission officer, Soldier and DA civilian). The Community of Practice group comprises of subject matter experts from the Army War College, Army Capabilities Integration Center, Combined Arms Center, Initial Military Training, Warrant Officer Career Course, Army Civilian University and the Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development as well as representatives from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

This survey is designed to be a top level "diagnostic" of the current state (strengths and weaknesses) of the Profession of Arms. The goal of the survey is to obtain a "snapshot" of the profession oriented around its essential attributes. The attributes used for this survey are expertise/expert, service to nation/duty, values-based/character, fortitude/winning spirit, trust/trustworthiness, and stewardship/leadership. Each of these attributes will be assessed at the individual, unit, and institutional levels.

The survey is being fielded by the Army Research Institute (ARI) and will be made available to all members of the Profession of Arms beginning March 21, 2011. The survey can be accessed through the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) website on AKO- 2011 Profession of Arms Survey.

What's planned for the future?

The 2011 Profession of Arms survey is a diagnostic tool from which the Community of Practice can determine topics for further exploration and dialog. Later this year, the Army's senior leadership will assemble to review the Profession of Arms Campaign findings and chart the way ahead. The data collected from this survey will be the main component of the findings provided in the Profession of Arms Campaign Report #2.

Why is this important to the Army?

The survey is a key component of the CSA directed Profession of Arms campaign. Findings will stimulate an Army-wide dialogue that will ultimately help Army senior leaders identify and make needed changes across Army DOTMLPF systems, processes and policies to reinforce the Profession of Arms into the future.

Resources:

Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE)

Related: STAND-TO! edition, January 10, 2011 The Profession of Arms

Survey looks into Army as Profession of Arms

Log-in required for following links:

CAPE AKO Website for the 2011 Profession of Arms Survey

CAPE AKO website for the Profession of Arms Campaign

Terms of Reference

Profession of Arms Pamphlet

White Paper

Profession of Arms videos on AKO

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