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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, September 1 2011

Today's Focus:

2011 Profession of Arms Campaign Interim Report

Senior Leaders are Saying

The essence, the core of our military is and always will be its people: men and women who raise their right hands and recite the oath of enlistment, even though they know that act may result in them deploying to a combat zone where they will be asked once again to put it all on the line, day after day &hellip never knowing, as they go outside the wire, whether they'll be greeted with a hand grenade or a handshake, but being ready and capable of responding appropriately to either.

- Gen. David H. Petraeus, applauding the services of the uniformed people, at his retirement ceremony and official farewell on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 31, 2011.

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What They're Saying

Make up your mind. Everybody has to go through their own coping mechanisms. Sometimes you're in a denial state when you come out of that denial state, then deal with what it is you have to deal with &hellip I never gave negativity even an opportunity to invade my mind.

-Sgt. Joel Dulashanti, a brand-new Airborne instructor with 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in his simple advice for the other wounded warriors to choose whether or not to have a positive outlook. Sgt. Dulashanti completed the detailed certification process standard with a prosthetic leg, a partial knee replacement and the aftermath of several internal injuries received during an ambush in Afghanistan.

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A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

2011 Profession of Arms Campaign Interim Report

What is it?

An Army-wide campaign with a purpose to assess how the Army has changed after more than ten years of continuous deployments and how it must adapt to remain successful. The Interim Report provides the preliminary findings and emerging themes on the status of the U.S. Army Profession of Arms.

What has the Army done?

Over the past six months, the Army has assessed its strengths and weaknesses as well as key attributes of the profession and the professional. Each of the attributes was assessed at the individual (commissioned officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, Soldier and civilian), unit, and institutional levels. The review included two centrally developed and managed Army surveys (distributed by the Army Research Institute), Profession of Arms focus groups (i.e., sensing sessions organized by cohort), PoA forums (i.e., professional seminars, conferences, and symposia), dialog captured from discussions on major Army professional blogs and forums, historical reviews, and a red team assessment conducted by TRADOC G2 to assess what could precipitate damage to the profession.

What's planned for the future?

The Army will continue to refine the report based on additional assessments and analyses resulting in the first formal report of findings and recommendations on the Profession of Arms published on or about January 2012.

Why is this important to the Army?

The findings will ultimately help Army senior leaders identify and make needed changes across Army Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and education, Personnel, Facilities (DOTMLPF) systems, processes and policies to reinforce the Profession of Arms into the future.


Center for the Army Profession and Ethic

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