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Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion

In case you missed it Col. John A. Vermeesch, currently the Deputy Director of CAPE, wrote an article for the September-October 2013 edition of Military Review magazine titled Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion.

The U.S. Army spent the last two years studying and debating what it means to be a profession and what qualifies individuals as professionals. It worked to maintain its professional status as an institution and avoid becoming just one more government bureaucracy. However, the critical task that lies ahead requires the Army to identify the future threats to the profession and safeguard against them. This article tackles that task. It identifies challenges to the Army Profession in 2020 and beyond, and makes recommendations to overcome them. The primary threats to the Army Profession in the next decade are the erosion of the American people's trust combined with identity corrosion among Army Professionals.

Read the full article: Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion

Discuss Army Values Daily

We all know every Soldier's time is very valuable. Even with full schedules Maj. Gen. Robert M. Dyess "encourages other leaders ... to spend a few minutes every day in small groups with their Soldiers and civilians, discussing one Army value".

GEN Dyress , the director of Force Development, G-8, "spoke about values during his opening remarks at the annual Force Management, Functional Area 50 meeting in the Pentagon, Wednesday."

"We'd have fewer problems in the Army if more energy was spent on respect," he said.

Read the full article by David Vergun: Force Development director: Army values worthy of daily discussion

A Professional Ethic – The Army Ethic

Dr. Don Snider, a senior fellow with the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), recently wrote an article that was posted on the ARMY Magazine website titled Addressing the Army's Values-to-Virtues Gap. In the article he starts off mentioning how the Army recently (2013) defined itself "as a modern military profession". He continues on to discuss the Army's professional ethic arguing, "The Army's professional ethic ... is not serving its intended purpose. We are observing a values-to-virtues gap: Army Values are not being sufficiently manifested in militarily virtuous behavior by Army [P]rofessionals."

Read the full article Addressing the Army's Values-to-Virtues Gap on ARMY Magazine.

Medal of Honor Awarded to SGT Kyle White

U.S. Army SGT Kyle White received the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House yesterday (13 May 2014). During a tour in Afghanistan in 2007 SGT Kyle White "saved numerous lives and prevented the enemy from capturing any Americans or equipment", says his former commander COL Bill Ostlaund.

Values are defined as a person's principles or standards of behavior. From private to general, those who serve in the Army are expected to live by its core values -- loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

Read the full story: Medal of Honor recipient's former commander recalls his heroism

Army Civilians Vital to the Army Profession

Army Civilians Taking Oath

Since 1985, the first week in May has been set aside to honor and thank the men and women of our Nation's government workforce. This observance has special resonance in the United States Army, which has a long tradition of professional, honorable, and dedicated public servants entrusted with duties vital to our national security. During Public Service Recognition Week, we pause to recognize the tremendous contributions our Civilians make every day for our Soldiers, their Families and our Nation.

Army Civilians are an integral part of the Army team. These great Americans ensure the readiness and well-being of Soldiers and their Families. Even as Army Civilians endured disruption and hardship during last year's furlough, they remained committed to the mission. These actions alone command the utmost respect and appreciation of the entire Nation. We are certain that Army Civilians will continue to play their critical role in ensuring our Army is prepared and ready when called to service, whatever challenges may arise.

Army Civilians provide unmatched expertise, stability and continuity to our force, qualities that are essential to our success. As such, we must continue to develop our Army Civilians as technical experts, functional managers and enterprise leaders. We are doing this through talent management initiatives such as defining critical competencies for the Army of 2020, and the development of policies that outline training, education and development opportunities for a capabilities-based Civilian workforce.

Undoubtedly, the Army will remain the most highly-trained and professional all-volunteer land force in the world , in no small measure because of the dedication and commitment of our Civilian workforce.

To everyone that we honor during Public Service Recognition Week, thank you for a job well done. Working together, our Soldiers and our Civilians make us Army Strong!

Read the full tri-signed letter here: Army Civilians Vital to the Army Profession