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Character Development Project

Page last updated: 20 Apr 2017

GAP #501028: The Army lacks the capability to identify attributes of character and to assess the success of efforts to develop character so that Army professionals consistently demonstrate their commitment and resilience to live by and uphold the Army Ethic (The Army Capabilities Needs Analysis FY15 - GAP #501028, 2015).

Mission: Under the authority of HQDA EXORD 086-16 HUMAN DIMENSION, the “Character Development Project Team” articulates and gains APLDF (I-14-007) approval for and publishes the Army Concept for Character Development -- applicable for all Soldiers and Army Civilians, within the process of leader and professional development -- NLT June 2017, in order to strengthen shared identity and inform the certification of trusted Army professionals.

Living by & Upholding the Army Ethic Venn Diagram

Figure 1. Mutual Trust through Living our Shared Identity -- Trusted Army Professionals (CASAP FY15 Technical Report)

As trusted Army professionals—Soldiers and Army Civilians—we are honorable servants of the Nation, Army experts, and faithful stewards of the people, other resources, and the profession entrusted to our care. We earn and sustain trust by demonstrating our character, competence, and commitment – making right decisions and taking right actions that are ethical, effective, and efficient. (ADRP 1)

An Army professional is a Soldier or Army Civilian who meets the Army Profession's certification criteria in character, competence, and commitment. (ADRP 1, para 1-11)

Certification: verification and validation of an Army professional's character, competence, and commitment to fulfill responsibilities and successfully perform assigned duty with discipline and to standard.

The Character Development Project Team articulates, gains approval for, and publishes the Army concept for developing and assessing the character of Soldiers and Army Civilians within the process of leader and professional development through education, training, and experience.

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Mission Analysis

Literature Review

Character Development Literature

Character Development Models

Literature Review – Army's Past Efforts

Literature Review – Command Climate Surveys

CGSC Ethics Papers

USMA Cadet Papers

Character Development White Paper Overview

U.S. Army White Papers

Synchonization of Expression Regarding Soldier and Army Civilian Attributes and Competencies

News Articles

Project Team Meetings

6 April 2017

16 February 2017

18 October 2016

16 August 2016

16 June 2016

21 January 2016

12 November 2015

Other Meetings and Events

Contact Information

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Phone: (845) 938-0467, DSN 688-0467 (Reference: Character Development Project)

Revision History

  • 20 Apr 2017 - Added 7th Meeting, 6 April 2017, MFR and Slides. Added USACC and USAREC Meetings, 21-22 Mar 2017, MFR's and Slides.
  • 24 Feb 2017 - Added 6th Meeting, 16 February 2017, MFR and Slides.
  • 16 Feb 2017 - Added USAWC Meeting MFR
  • 10 Feb 2017 - Added USAWC Meeting, CD Models, Draft CD Framework White Paper. Updated Literature Review and Mission Analysis.
  • 14 Nov 2016 - Updated CD Mission Analysis Slides.
  • 28 Oct 2016 - Added 5th Meeting MFR and Slides. Added Info Paper – Analysis of past CD efforts
  • 04 Oct 2016 - Added ten documents to new Literature Review – Command Climate Surveys section
  • 14 Sep 2016 - Added four documents to Literature Review section
  • 12 Sep 2016 - Added 4th Meeting, 16 August 2016, MFR.
  • 2 Sep 2016 - Added Army Ethic White Paper, Army Magazine Character Development Article
  • 11 Aug 2016 - Added STAND-TO!, Added 4th Meeting Slides
  • 07 July 2016 - Updated Literature Review - 20 June 2016
  • 29 June 2016 - Added 3rd Meeting, 16 June 2016, MFR.
  • 10 June 2016 - Added CGSC Ethics Papers, USMA Cadet Papers and updated the Mission Analysis.
  • 07 June 2016 - Added 3rd Meeting, 16 June 2016, Slides
  • 03 June 2016 - Added Junior Leader Army Profession Symposium (JLAPS) Summary MFR
  • 20 Apr 2016 - Updated CD White Paper with signed version, Added Synchronization of Expression Info Paper
  • 7 Mar 2016 - Updated Mission Analysis, Updated White Paper
  • 17 Feb 2016 - Reorganized page structure. Added 1st Meeting Read Ahead Files
  • 11 Feb 2016 - Added 2nd Meeting, 21 Jan 2016, MFR
  • 20 Jan 2016 - Added CD Project Team Meeting Slides
  • 4 Jan 2016 - Page created