National Defense University (NDU) Press recently published an interview in Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ) conducted with Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. During the interview JFQ asked Gen. Odierno nine questions about the challenges currently facing today's Army after more than a decade of combat around the world.
In response to a question about social issues affecting the service Gen. Odierno spoke of the Army Profession symposium and discussed details about the Army Profession and the 3C's Character, Competence, and Commitment:
We also talk about three basic characteristics that we expect all our Soldiers to have: competence, commitment, and character. We expect our Soldiers to be competent, which is building expertise and constantly learning to improve that expertise. We expect commitment: commitment to your Soldiers, commitment to your unit, commitment to the mission, commitment to the institution. Most important is character. Character is what defines us. Character is about understanding the moral and ethical values that we represent, as well as the ethical dilemmas that we face throughout our careers. These dilemmas start out small and it's how we deal with them early on that sets our character and how we deal with difficult problems as we grow in responsibility. We are focused on ensuring that we emphasize competence, commitment, and character to the institution. This is ingrained in every one of our training programs. I recently attended a symposium of Army leaders that talked specifically about the profession and ethics. We're taking this discussion very seriously as we move forward.Gen. Raymond T. Odierno
Read the full interview here: JFQ 75 | An Interview with Raymond T. Odierno