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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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Building a Cohesive Team

"In combat, cohesive teams are the most effective."

Have you ever been part of a cohesive team? How did you know it was cohesive? What did its leaders do to create that sense of cohesion? How did cohesion affect the unit's performance and morale? As Soldiers, we all want to be part of cohesive teams and as leaders we want to intentionally build them, but how is cohesion developed? Based on their own experiences, company commanders in the Company Command forum ( have been talking about the best, most cohesive teams they have served in, as well as about how they foster cohesion in their units. This article shares some of that conversation and invites all of us to think about how we can be more intentional about creating cohesive, combat-ready teams.

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Odierno To Top Leaders: Expect Tougher Evals

Army Chief of Staff discusses leader development of the force to ensure we have the right leaders and the right development opportunities to steward the profession. He spoke about upcoming changes: a 360 Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback implanted in fall 2013 for all Battalion and Brigade commanders and a similar evaluation for General Officers. These tools along with command climate surveys and sensing sessions will help identify toxic leaders in the ranks.

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