America's Army - Our Profession

Thursday January 17, 2013

What is it?

America's Army - Our Profession is a yearlong education and training program intended to reaffirm our understanding of the Army Profession and to motivate our recommitment to upholding the Army ethic. The program, created by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Combined Arms Center, consists of three major efforts: professional development training, Army Profession seminars and Master Army Profession and Ethic Trainer courses.

What has the Army done?

America's Army - Our Profession establishes four quarterly themes to guide professional development programs: standards and discipline, customs, courtesies and traditions, military expertise, and trust. Organizations can also host a two-hour Army Profession seminar, provided by Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, or CAPE, which will familiarize leaders with doctrine and the resources available to implement their own sessions. Leaders can also customize a session based on unit assessment and time available by using resources available at Center for the Army Profession and Ethic.

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

America's Army - Our Profession is the first year of a multigenerational effort to establish a common understanding of Army Profession doctrine and the Army ethic. In addition to the three major efforts of the program, members of the Army Profession are encouraged to incorporate the training resources into all training and organizational events. Additionally, CAPE will provide training and education resources that require minimal preparation time, are easy to use, engaging for small groups, and appropriate for the target audience.

Why is this important to the Army?

Whatever the future holds, the Army Profession must exhibit the five essential characteristics of trust, military expertise, honorable service, esprit de corps and stewardship in order to carry out its mission and maintain the sacred bond it has with the American people it serves. Each individual's part as an Army professional is to be certified in character, competence and commitment. As the Army launches "America's Army - Our Profession," it entrusts Soldiers to continually pursue an understanding of their identity as members of the Army Profession and an embodiment of the values that guide their decision-making and behavior. Each Soldier has the awesome responsibility of ensuring the profession maintains the trust of American people.

The American people trust the Army for good reason. The Army's performance and sacrifice throughout our history, including the most recent decade of war, earned this trust. The profession cannot take that trust for granted. Members of the Army Profession must continually assess themselves and their performance to ensure they adhere to the highest standards expected of them - in any and every situation.


Center of the Army's Profession and Ethic
ADP 1, The Army, dated Sept. 18, 2012
Army Profession Pamphlet
Army Profession Annual Report (April 2, 12)
America's Army-Our profession overview







A Culture of Engagement

Social Media

Spotlight Soldier for Life

Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List

CSA Gen. Raymond T. Odierno's Blog


Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.


150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

January 2013

COMING SOON: Redesigned STAND-TO! website:

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday (NO STAND-TO!)


*Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month*

Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Senior Leaders are Saying

"Being a professional means you have standards, you have discipline, you have values and you have knowledge - a unique body of knowledge."

- Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine, discusses the Army Profession during the Pre-Command Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

What They're Saying

"One of the core values for the Army [is] selfless service."

- Maj. Gregory Eldridge, commander, First Army Division East

Soldier epitomizes selfless service

Related site: Army Values


STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.