Information Papers

The Human Dimension Concept

What is it?
The study is a detailed review of the Moral, the Physical, and the Cognitive components that make up the Human Dimension and consists of a family of three documents that include The Human Dimension Study, a Human Dimension TRADOC Information Pamphlet (TIP), and the U.S. Army Concept for the Human Dimension. Collectively these documents serve to promote change within the operational Army, both for the operating force and for the generating force. As such, it focuses on the ways and means by which the Army must prepare people so that future commanders can sustain operations in a time of persistent conflict. It extends development of the primary operational themes presented within the Army and joint concepts, and describes the employment of individual Soldiers, their leaders, and units in the future joint operational environment. The TIP and the Concept synopsize the ideas in the study. These ideas suggest ways that the Army can more effectively manage our most critical resource, the men and women of the Army, without overlooking the importance of Army Families.

What has the Army done?
The United States Army has defined the Human Dimension as a triad of moral, cognitive and physical components, described the Human Dimension challenges of the future global and domestic environments, addressed the impact of the Human Dimension on accessing, training, developing and sustaining Soldiers, incorporated input from two worldwide staffing actions, provided recommendations for human dimension capabilities and questions for further study, and reaffirmed the primacy of quality Soldiers in a professional Army.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army intends for the family of Human Dimension publications to set in motion a series of seminars and studies to determine how to change policies, programs, and processes that impact on the Army’s ability to accomplish its future missions in an era of persistent conflict. The Soldier is the focus of these changes, and all things related to Soldier accession, development, and career service in an All Volunteer Force. The essential approach proposed in this concept is one of holistic balance that takes into account the future operating environment and the domestic environment from which the Army will draw its most critical resource, Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Human Dimension project opens dialogue that will help the Army determine critical required capability gaps that impact Soldiers in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF). The project will stimulate research and analysis in multiple disciplines pertaining to Soldier performance and well-being. This research will in turn enable the Army to take actions to close those capability gaps in order to continue to build and maintain an all volunteer future Modular Force capable of meeting the challenges of full spectrum operations in 2015 to 2024.