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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, April 16 2012

Today's Focus:

The Army Profession

Senior Leaders are Saying

The Army is the one institution in our country that is a mirror image of our great society. Diversity is important because it is the richness and depth of our many different origins that broadens our thinking, that gives us a stronger base of knowledge, and that bring greater support for a common purpose.

- Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, emphasizing the importance of diversity and leadership within the U.S. Army, at his recent keynote address to more than 175 cadets during the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras' ROTC ball.

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What They're Saying

Competence, character and commitment are the basis for what we consider to be the professional traits that all members of the Army profession should possess. When we live out these professional values, we can best fulfill our duties to support and defend the Constitution.

- Lt. Gen. David Perkins, commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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Today's Focus

The Army Profession

What is it?

During 2011, the Army launched an introspective campaign to refine the Army's understanding of what it means to be a profession. This U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command-governed and U.S. Army Combined Arms Center-led campaign was also designed to determine ways to strengthen weaknesses in the profession and leverage its strengths. Such introspection is the hallmark of proactive and effective professions to reflect, review, assess, evolve and change.

What has the Army done?

The Army Profession campaign is perhaps the most comprehensive study of the Army profession ever conducted, beginning with a white paper on the Profession of Arms in late 2010. Shortly after, the campaign formed a community of practice with representation from all cohorts - officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, enlisted, and Army civilian. Throughout the last year, more than 40,000 Army professionals across all cohorts and components provided feedback on the state of the profession and the way ahead. A summary of this work and findings is published today in the Army Profession campaign's first report, which will be released annually.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The campaign will focus on gaining approval for and implementing the report's Army Profession Strengthening Initiatives. In addition, the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) has developed training and leader development tools to help Soldiers and units understand, embrace and live as Army professionals.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army Profession campaign and report derive from feedback from members of the Army Profession, who wished to assess the status of the profession after a decade of persistent conflict. The report provides a baseline assessment of the profession and recommendations to strengthen the profession. The study indicates that the foundation of the Army profession remains strong, and that the Army has weathered the demands of the past decade. The report also identifies areas for improvement. With implementation of the report's recommended initiatives, the Army will retain its strength and continue as the nation's Force of Decisive Action.


The Army Profession report and the Army Profession Toolkit are available at the CAPE website or by calling the West Point offices at 845-938-0467.

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