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SECARMY Senior Civilian Army Profession Symposium

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What is it?

The Secretary of the Army hosts the Senior Army Civilian Army Profession Symposium at the National Defense University (NDU), at Fort McNair, Nov. 20, 2014. The symposium’s purpose is to develop a shared vision, reinforce guidance, and generate dialogue on “Living the Army Ethic.” Attendees will review the Army Ethic author’s draft and provide their reaction to its content and format. The attendees will also discuss options for integration of the Army Ethic throughout the professional development process for Army civilians and provide thoughts on how to strengthen morale, retention, and esprit within the Army Civilian Corps.

What has the Army done?

In October 2010, the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army directed the commanding general of TRADOC to conduct a critical review to assess how protracted years of war affected members of the Army profession. The findings and recommendations led to several initiatives (e.g., Army Doctrine Reference Publication 1 – The Army Profession, Americas Army – Our Profession Annual Themes, Army Profession Seminars).

The CSA also approved the Army Ethic White Paper, 11 July 2014, making the case for a concise, motivating, inspiring expression of the Army Ethic based on American values, laws, oaths, creeds, ethos, and our shared identity as Trusted Army Professionals. The CSA also approved the FY15-16 America’s Army Our Profession Theme “Living the Army Ethic” Why and How We Serve. In addition, the CSA hosted the Army Profession Annual Symposium at West Point, New York, July 30-31, 2014.

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

The Army Profession Symposium will be followed by an Army Junior Leader Symposium in February 2015. CAPE is leading a cooperative Army-wide project to publish the Army Ethic in the update to ADRP 1 in 2015.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Secretary of the Army’s intent in conducting this symposium is to generate dialogue and gain consensus regarding the role of the Army Civilian Corps within the Army Profession; and the applicability of the Army Ethic as Army civilians contribute to the Army mission, perform their duties, and conduct themselves in all aspects of life. As we move further into the 21st century, our strategic transition presents tremendous opportunities for the Army profession to lead the nation in the ethical development of human capital. To be that leader, the Army must intensify its understanding of what it means to be a trusted Army professional – the shared identity for all Soldiers and Army civilians.


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