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Mastering the Profession of Arms

Australian Army officer Mick Ryan recently released the second article of an interesting three-part series entitled "Mastering the Profession of Arms" for War on the Rocks.

Ryan says he based the series on U.S. and Australian experiences, and he offers three propositions in the articles.

"In [the] first installment," he said, "I propose that there exists an enduring nature of the profession of arms. In the next installment, I propose that there are seven key drivers for contemporary changes in the competencies required in the profession of arms. Finally, in the third installment, I propose that there are seven essential and evolving competencies of the military professional in digital-age warfare."

Read the first two installments on War on the Rocks using the links below, and keep an eye out for the final segment.

Mastering the Profession of Arms, Part I: The Enduring Nature
Mastering the Profession of Arms, Part II, Keeping Pace with Changes

George C. Marshall Award and Leadership Seminar

Cadets from across the nation gathered for the George C. Marshall Award and Leadership Seminar held Feb. 12-15 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. More than 300 cadets were privy to presentation, as well as question-and-answer sessions, with current and former military leaders.

Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center (CAC), spoke to the cadets about leadership development, saying that the certification criteria of the Army Profession – Character, Competence, and Commitment – will always be essential to good leadership.

Read the full article on DVIDS: Army senior leaders mentor future lieutenants

CAPE takes "Not in My Squad" to Maine ARNG

Sgt. Maj. Boris Bolaños, senior enlisted advisor to the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, took a "Not in My Squad" workshop to more than 50 noncommissioned officers (NCOs) from the Maine Army National Guard in Bangor, Maine, in early February.

"The program is based on building trust, which struck a chord with me," said Maine National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Doyon. "I make it a priority to go out and visit all of our units and talk to as many Soldiers as I can. What I have realized is that the communication that we used to have is missing, and that's what made me reach out to the NIMS staff."

Read the full article: "Not in My Squad" Training Comes to Maine

2016 Army Profession Forum

Army leaders from across the force met last week for the Army Profession Forum, hosted by the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) and facilitated by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE).

The objectives of the forum were to introduce the FY 17/18 America's Army - Our Profession "One Army, Indivisible" theme, introduce the Army Character Development Project and the way ahead, and enhance Trust in the Total Army.

During the forum, CSA Gen. Mark Milley talked about the fragility of trust:

"We come from the people and we defend the people. That's our purpose. That's the only reason we exist. And we have to maintain the trust of the American people. Right now you have it. We have it. But trust is a fragile thing. And every time somebody breaks the trust, you're chipping away at the trust, the bond, the cohesion, between the people, and the people's Army."

Read more:
STAND-TO! Army Profession Forum
Trust bedrock of Army profession

Five Myths about Military Ethics

Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff, Research Professor for Military Profession and Ethic at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, and Senior Fellow, Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), wrote an article in the Autumn 2016 issue of Parameters magazine entitled: "Five Myths about Military Ethics."

The article abstract:

After a decade and a half of struggling across various dimensions, the Army's ethic risks losing traction with its practitioners. With that loss of traction comes a commensurate loss of trust, which will have a negative impact on the relationship the military has with the society it serves, undermining its status as a profession. Addressing these challenges requires getting past the myths that obscure the solutions.

Read the full article: Five Myths about Military Ethics