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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.


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

Watch Gen. Martin E. Dempsey's commencement speech: http://youtu.be/q6k_GKcerm0

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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