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Dempsey emphasizes trust at West Point graduation

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey delivered the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 23, 2015.

Gen. Dempsey told the graduates that he wanted to deliver one important message to them: "We trust you."

"We trust you to win our nation's wars, to be leaders of character and competence and consequence," he said. "We trust you to leave our profession better than you found it.

"As I shake your hand on this stage today," he continued, "I'll give you each a dollar bill that I've signed. In the years ahead, as you confront the challenges ahead, I hope you remember not who gave it to you, but what it means."

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Dempsey emphasizes trust at West Point graduation
Dempsey Emphasizes Trust in West Point Commencement Address

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AAOP "Living the Army Ethic" Tri-Signed Letter

FY 15-16
America's Army- Our Profession
"Living the Army Ethic"

On 1 October 2014 we began the FY 15-16 Army Profession theme, "Living the Army Ethic." Our Army Ethic describes Why and How We Serve as American Soldiers and is embodied in the Army's motto This We'll Defend! Its focus is our shared identity as trusted Army Professionals, Soldiers and Army Civilians, who are bound by a common moral purpose. All of us are volunteers, serving in the United States Army which is a trusted, honorable profession. We contribute to the common defense of our fellow citizens and our national interest. By solemn oath, we bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution.

Read the full tri-signed letter here: FY 15-16 America's Army - Our Profession "Living the Army Ethic"

The Importance of Identity

Sgt. Maj. David Stewart of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic recently visited Fort Sill to speak to Soldiers about what it means to be an Army professional.

Stewart asked the Soldiers if they felt identity was important.

"If you doubt how important identity is, the next time you're with a significant other tell them they suck at something they think they're really, really good at," said Stewart.

Read the full article: Army defines identity of professionalism

Army Profession - Civilians as a Core Component

Col. Everett Knapp, director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, leads a discussion about the role of civilians in the Army profession Feb. 23, 2015. This is another presentation in TRADOC's monthly civilian professional development series hosted by Thomas Grego, TRADOC G-2.

Original Article: Army Profession - Civilians as a Core Component

CAPE Partners with Army Resiliency Directorate

The Center for the Army Profession and Ethic has partnered with the Army Resiliency Directorate, G1, to promote an understanding of the Army Profession. Lisa Ferdinando recently wrote an Army News Service article that gives a perspective from both organizations.

"The Army is made up of Soldiers from diverse backgrounds and diverse sets of values, and it is important to set a baseline to help them understand the Army's guiding principles," said Sharyn J. Saunders, director of the Army Resiliency Directorate.

Col. John Vermeesch, CAPE deputy director, said, "The partnership between R2 (Ready and Resilient program) and CAPE is a way to enhance understanding on what it means to be an Army Professional."

Read the full article about the partnership here: Partnership enhances resilience, understanding of ethics, profession