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SHARP Solutions: Army Profession the Cornerstone of Dialogue and Building Trust in Soldiers

"When you think about the Army Profession, it really gets after our character, our competence and our commitment," said Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, USAACE and Fort Rucker commanding general, in his opening comments at the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program (SHARP) Summit held at the USAACE Headquarters Sept 10. "[The Army Profession] talks about how we must treat each other with dignity and respect. When you think about mission command, it's about building on the effective team where there is shared understanding and trust between the leader and the led. If you start getting after that, sexual assault and sexual harassment cannot thrive, and we create an environment where it becomes much harder for Soldiers to violate another Soldier's dignity and respect -- that increases combat readiness."

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Army Spotlights Professional Ethic

Col. John Vermeesch, Director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, recently wrote an article for the September 2015 issue of ARMY Magazine entitled, "Army Spotlights Professional Ethic."

In the article, he explains that the Army has codified the laws, values and beliefs that have evolved over the 240 years since its inception, and a new Chapter 2, "The Army Ethic," in the latest version of Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 1 The Army Profession articulates those principles that make up the Ethic.

Read the full article in ARMY Magazine or on our website here: Army Spotlights Professional Ethic.

Commentary: The Ethic is written; next step, implement a training program

Conrad Brown recently wrote an article for Task & Purpose entitled "Enforcing the Army's Definition of Professional Ethic Requires More Than a Written Document." In the article, Brown argues that the codifying and publishing Army Profession and Army Ethic concepts into Army Doctrine Reference Publication 1 was the easy part; now we have to do the hard part: spread the concepts and get soldiers to apply and accept the principles. That requires much more work.

Read the full article in Task & Purpose: Enforcing the Army's Definition of Professional Ethic Requires More Than a Written Document

2015 Army Profession Annual Symposium

2015 Army Profession Annual Symposium

The Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army co-hosted the 2015 Army Profession Annual Symposium at West Point, New York, July 26-28, 2015. The APAS theme this year was "Unveiling our Army Ethic and Stewarding our Profession." The commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command sponsors the event; facilitated by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic; and supported by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Invitees include senior Army leaders, both uniformed and civilian, from all components.

The intent of this symposium was for senior Army leaders to address their strategic stewardship requirement to maintain the Army as a Profession and strengthen its essential characteristics. The symposium allowed for the review of the recently revised edition of Army Doctrine Reference Publication 1 -- The Army Profession, specifically the Army Ethic chapter.

The information and ideas exchanged at this symposium will enable the Army to address institutional and operational opportunities to maintain and strengthen Trust within the Army and with the American people, formulate character-development initiatives, and implement the Army Ethic.

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STAND-TO! - The Army Ethic

What is it?

The Army Ethic inspires and motivates the conduct of Army Professionals -- Soldiers and Army civilians -- who are bound together in common moral purpose. It expresses the standard and expectation for all to make right decisions and to take right actions at all times. It is the heart of the Army's shared identity of trusted Army Professional.

The Army Ethic has three supporting roles:

  1. Honorable Servants of the Nation-Professionals of Character
  2. Army Experts-Competent Professionals
  3. Stewards of the Army Profession- Committed Professionals.

A revised version of ADRP 1: The Army Profession released in conjunction with the U.S. Army's 240th birthday, includes a concise articulation of its ethic in a new Chapter 2: The Army Ethic.