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SMA Dailey's Book Club

Have you heard about Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey's book club? Dailey said he wanted to "...start a new initiative that's fun, while also helping our squad leaders guide discussions on topics that relate to our profession."

The club's first book is Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game," a science-fiction novel that focuses on futuristic military space conflict; that discussion runs from July through October.

Next up, beginning in November, will be Simon Sinek's "Leaders Eat Last," followed by Sinek's "Start with Why."

You can find more information about the SMA's book club and the reading list, plus the discussion guide for "Ender's Game" on the CAPE website: SMA Dailey's Book Club

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The Future of the U.S. Army as a Profession

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Will Army 2025 be a Military Profession? That's the title of an article that Dr. Don M. Snider wrote for the Winter 2015-16 issue of The U.S. Army War College Quarterly Parameters. According to Snider, "there are no guarantees that Army 2025, now being developed by its current Stewards, will be an effective participant in the military profession."

Read the full article here: Will Army 2025 be a Military Profession?

Bystander Intervention

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The Army Ethic states, "We lead by example and demonstrate courage by doing what is right despite risk, uncertainty, and fear." Now the new "Bystander Intervention Program" is bringing that principle to the forefront of everyday life by empowering Army professionals to step up.

Read the full article: 'Grass roots' bystander intervention

2016 Junior Leader Army Profession Symposium

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Approximately 100 junior Army leaders, both military and civilian, met at the 2016 Junior Leader Army Profession Symposium at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in April. The purpose of the symposium was to generate dialogue among the junior leaders and discuss ways to help refine the emerging concept for Character Development in the Army.

The Army is in a period of strategic transition that presents tremendous opportunities for advancing a Character Development concept relevant for Soldiers and Army Civilians. The ideas and feedback generated by the junior leaders at the symposium will help further inform the refinement of the concept, taking into account their point of view. At the end of the symposium, the group's recommendations were briefed to select senior Army leaders.

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Army White Paper - Developing the Character of Army Professionals: Forging the Way Ahead

The importance of developing and strengthening the character of Soldiers and Army Civilians is widely recognized in American military history, discussed in professional journals, and cited in Army doctrine. This tenet reflects our belief that trust is the foundation for success on every mission and in all relationships, and such trust cannot be continuously reinforced without leaders of character who help us win our nation's wars in the right way.

Based on differences in operations and career management programs, the content and timing of activities supporting leader and professional development necessarily differ within the Profession of Arms. Likewise, the developmental process for the Army Civilian Corps is tailored to meet its unique characteristics. However, what is common to current leader and professional development in each of our components and communities of practice is the absence of an accessible, accepted, comprehensive, and adaptable concept for developing and assessing character. This White Paper discusses this critical gap in our capability.

Our success in closing this gap will enhance individual and unit readiness; build cohesive teamwork; support the Army Family; strengthen the Army culture of trust; and reinforce trust with the American people. As we move forward with this strategically important initiative, we welcome your perspectives and recommendations in order to achieve consensus on how our Army develops character.

Read the full white paper here: Developing the Character of Trusted Army Professionals: Forging the Way Ahead