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Character Development in the Army Profession

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The concept of character has been getting a lot of attention lately. Discussions about the character – or lack thereof – of world leaders, elected officials and even entire generations abound in the media. The U.S. Army is working to identify the attributes of character and assess the success of current and past efforts to develop character.

Read the full article by CAPE's Col. John A. Vermeesch and Lt. Col. Francis C. Licameli (USA, Ret.) from the September 2016 edition of Army Magazine.

Character Development: Initiative Focuses on What it Takes to be a Trusted Professional in Today's Army

CAPE is interested in your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions on character development. To read more about CAPE's initiative and provide feedback visit the Character Development Project Page

STAND-TO! – Character Development Project

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The Character Development Project initiative is being led by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), part of the Army Combined Arms Center and Army Training and Doctrine Command. The purpose of the project is to develop and publish the Army's approach for assessing character for all Soldiers and Army Civilians to ensure that Army professionals consistently demonstrate their commitment and resilience to live by and uphold the Army Ethic.

Character development is a unifying theme within the Army Human Dimension Concept. The character of Army professionals is central to building mutual trust, a key ingredient to implementing the doctrine and philosophy of mission command. The Army Profession certifies the character, competence and commitment of Soldiers and Army Civilians as trusted Army professionals.

Read the full STAND-TO! Character Development Project

Character Development Project Page

Is the Army Profession off course?

MilitaryMentors.org recently posted an article entitled, "If you're Off Course, How Does One Right the Ship?" The article discusses how the Army Profession – the "ship" – is currently "off course" and the author says "CAPE is our lighthouse" and can help the Army "right the ship."

Read the full article on MilitaryMentors.org: If you're Off Course, How Does One Right the Ship?

Military Medicine and the Profession of Arms

By virtue of the "Oath of Office," a sworn obligation to support and defend the Constitution, Army Medical Doctors, are members of the Army Profession and they are medical professionals. The career of BG Frederick Blesse, MD provides an exemplary model of how to live by and uphold both the Army Ethic and the Hippocratic Oath. Throughout his career of honorable service, Blesse worked with Soldiers, Army Civilians and Army Families. He continuously advanced his knowledge of the Army Profession as he graduated from Army schools, performed General Staff Corps duties, and practiced his skills as a respected clinician. His continuous professional development as an Army leader and an Army doctor resulted in important improvements in battlefield healthcare, personnel readiness, and operational procedures. His story illustrates the importance of life long commitment to both the Army Profession and medical practice as the key to improving health care within the Army culture.

Military Medicine and the Profession of Arms: Brigadier General Frederick Blesse and being an Army doctor

NOTE: The views and opinions in this article are those of the author and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy, or decision, unless so designated by other authorized documents.

STAND-TO! – Army Civilian Profession Training

The Army Civilian Corps is a major component of the Army Profession and plays an integral role in accomplishing the Army's statutory missions. Individual readiness of both Soldiers and Army Civilians is the foundation of Army readiness.

The Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) has added a training support package for the Army Civilian Corps to its collection of training products. These training produts support America's Army - Our Profession, a professional development program that strengthens the Army Profession.

Read the full STAND-TO! Army Civilian Profession Training

View/Download the Army Civilian Training Support Package