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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."

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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