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Profession and Leadership

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History of CAPL

The Center for the Army Profession and Leadership (CAPL) reflects the Secretary of the Army’s priorities to reform organizations and drive efficiencies. CAPL is the outcome of combining the Center for Army Leadership (CAL) and the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) into one new dynamic organization at Fort Leavenworth, KS starting 1 April 2019.

On 1 June 1983, the U.S. Army Center for Leadership and Ethics was established as the proponent for Army-wide leadership and ethics doctrine, training, and integration under the Department of Command, Command and General Staff College, CAC, at Fort Leavenworth, KS. On 3 June 1984, the center was officially renamed the Center for Army Leadership, achieved departmental status in the CGSC, and remained the Army proponent for leadership and ethics. The mission included the development, implementation, and revision of leadership and ethics core curricula and training, field consultation, and staff actions to inform decisions for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. In June 2013, CAL transitioned from the Combined Arms Center – Leader Development and Education to the Mission Command Center of Excellence.

CAL developed pragmatic leadership doctrine (e.g., FM 6-22, ADP 6-22, ADRP 6-22), training materials, and information products designed to guide all leaders within the Army concerning leadership standards and expectations. These leadership, education, and training concepts continue to shape leaders, policy, and force management. CAL retains doctrine, training, leadership and education, personnel, and policy responsibilities to guide the future force regarding leadership and leader development practices.

The Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic (ACPME) was established in May 2008 at West Point, NY. ACPME was re-designed as the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and realigned under the Combined Arms Center (CAC) in August 2010. CAPE’s mission was to address the unique challenges of shaping impressions of the Army Profession and Army Ethic in the aftermath of prolonged conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.

CAPE’s mission evolved into responsibilities of shaping the future force regarding the Army Ethic. CAPE developed doctrinal products regarding the Army Profession (e.g., ADRP 1) to support educational outreach and training products and conducted educational forums for the development of the Army Profession and Ethic.

CAPL assumes the missions of CAL—to develop and provide Army leadership and leader development doctrine and products to the Army—and CAPE—to strengthen the Army’s profession and inspire Army professionals to fulfill their oath of service. CAPL synchronizes personnel life cycle recommendations for the Combined Arms Center to shape the future force. CAPL remains an element of the Mission Command Center of Excellence and CAC.