Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic

Friday September 7, 2007

What is it? The Professional Military Ethic is the system of ethical standards and principles that defines Soldiers' commitment to the nation. The norms and beliefs that guide military service are articulated in the Army Values, the Warrior Ethos, the NCO Creed, the Soldiers Creed, the oath of enlistment and the oath of office. The Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic is one component of Army Initiative 5: Accelerate Leader Development. The Center will formalize education programs aimed at bolstering the moral and ethical foundations of military service. West Point's Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic has served as the Academy's proponent for ethical education for nine years; the designation as the Army's center is an expansion of this role.

What has the Army done? The Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Dick Cody, announced on Aug. 17, 2007 that the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has been designated as the Army's COE for the Professional Military Ethic.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic will provide the Army a range of leader development resources. Lesson plans and background material for military ethic education are already available. Near-term plans include revising those aids for a wider Army audience, establishing teams to meet requests for information and education, and fostering scholarly research and publications that address Army Values and ethic. West Point will continue hosting conferences, seminars, and forums to strengthen understanding of the Professional Military Ethic and to bolster the dialogue on military leadership and ethical decision making.

Why is this important to the Army? Army leaders at every level are confronting increasingly complex and ethically ambiguous challenges. The Army is adding breadth and depth to values and ethics education to reinforce Soldiers' decision-making skills in difficult situations in which the ethically "right answer" is not readily apparent. Instilling the professional military ethic is vital to growing Army leaders of character for the current and future force.


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