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Closing the Gap on Competence, Character, and Commitment

SMA Raymond Chandler recently spoke to troops during town hall meetings in Afghanistan. SMA Chandler mentioned how often in the past the Army emphasized competency over character and commitment.

"The most dangerous person in our Army today is someone who is highly competent but has little or no character," Chandler said. "Too often we tolerate mediocrity."

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New Video Case Study: CSM Guerra: Effects of Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment on the Army Profession Video

CSM Julie Guerra was the victim of sexual assault as a Private First Class. Her unit's leadership set a standard which she now uses to train and educate her leaders on how to handle these cases. She is sharing her story to help fellow Army professionals better understand the needs of sexual assault victims, in order to eradicate this crime that undermines trust and tarnishes our Army Profession.

Watch the video and view the additional materials here: CSM Guerra

Acquisition and the Army Profession

What makes a practitioner a professional? The newly released Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 1 defines a profession as "a trusted self-policing and relatively autonomous vocation whose members develop and apply expert knowledge as human expertise to render an essential service to society in a particular field." This answer describes the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps and places us in the unique position of being a profession within the Army Profession.

Read the full article on Page 90 in the July-September 2013 Issue of Army AL&T.

Link updated 17 Aug 2015.

Chairman Champions Character in Graduation Address

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses graduates at the National Defense University on Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., June 13, 2013. "In an era of burgeoning social media and budget uncertainty, competence and character are vital to maintaining public trust and confidence."

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Education, Experience and Training: Responsibilities to the Army as a Profession

There are many lieutenant colonels, colonels and senior NCOs with extensive combat experience, but not the developmental and educational experience necessary for senior leadership positions in the Army. The Army must commit to making these broadening opportunities mandatory despite the time needed for these experiences.

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